Just Say NO!
Sometimes, you need to say no.
It’s not something I’m particularly good at.
I don’t really have an issue when it has to do with my business, especially when there are requests for things I cannot provide or feel are inappropriate. There’s a nice way to say no.
Sometimes the answer may be “not yet” rather than no. Or “not right now”.
But there are times when I know I should say no but don’t. It gets me in trouble with overextending myself, helping out when I really don’t have the time, or taking on more than I can realistically handle, even when it is something I really would like to do.
Not saying no also gets in the way of accomplishing time-sensitive tasks, or getting me distracted by superfluous things.
I have a small label taped to my laptop to help keep this perspective. It says, simply, “Just Say No!” It’s a nice reminder when I find myself getting distracted by the phone, email, or other tasks I might prefer to do but which interfere with things I need to get done.
It’s also helpful when I am on the phone and need that reminder that I should “just say NO.” I do it nicely, of course.
And sometimes, an artificial aid is useful.
A very good friend gave this NO button to me for my birthday. It sits on my desk next to my laptop in my office. I play it now and then for fun. But it’s a great reminder just seeing it there. Especially when I find myself saying when I should say no.
Go on. Click. You know you want to. No?! I don’t believe you.