Our lives are inundated with schedules, to-do lists, and meetings. We hardly ever have some extra time for ourselves, which is kind of weary even if we are accustomed to such tight schedule. All of us want to maintain a work-life balance, so why do we keep juggling millions of things at once? The reason can be that we are not saying ‘No’ to anything that is expected out of us.
A majority of people have an inclination to please everyone by taking on extra work even if they need to squeeze it into their schedule. Instead of saying yes right away, check your schedule, consider your deadlines and then say yes only if it fits into your calendar and gives you the suitable outcome. It is not requisite to keep everyone pleased if it costs you your priorities. Everyone knows that it is really difficult to say no at times when your colleague requests you to help them with some task or only for the sake of being in the good books of your co-workers and boss.
Here are some of the ways that will help you in saying ‘No’ without hurting your image:
“I’ll let you know after checking my schedule.”
This is a polite and professional way to ask for more time to think about whether to accept the request or not. Even if you have some spare time, don’t miss to consider your personal priorities before saying ‘Yes’ to the request.
“Your idea sounds really good, but it’s just that…”
If you start with complimenting their ideas, it will not ruin your image if you say ‘No’ to it. You can provide your genuine reason for not accepting the work following the compliment. Also thank the person for considering you capable enough to accomplish the task.
“It won’t be possible today. How about [some other schedule]?”
If you really have some spare time and think that the request is worth looking into, you can simply provide them with a time by which you may start working on it. You can also mention that you have other deadlines to meet so you won’t be able to do it right away.
“I’m really sorry, but I can’t.”
If you are really overscheduled, don’t say ‘Yes’. Be straightforward while saying ‘No’, explaining the reason. There is no meaning of giving the person false hope when you already know that you don’t have time to squeeze in another task in your tight schedule.