10 From GEM:
The Benefits Of Saying No
Do you ever say no? When you consistently say yes to everyone, do know that you are going to take something away from yourself?
Saying no is difficult because we don’t want to disappoint or let other people down. But by saying no to requests you don’t feel comfortable with or don’t want to fulfill will mean more freedom for you. Now, for example, you’ll be able to enjoy that leisurely Saturday morning without interruption, or because of saying no to that birthday party, you’ll be able to enjoy a carefree, relaxing weekend.
Save yourself some valuable time with these ten tips. Remember, your time is precious.
1. Do Not Commit Right Away
Photo Credit: David Niblack, Imagebase.netBy not committing right away you afford yourself time to contemplate the situation before you. It's perfectly fine to say, "I have to get back to you." Don't worry about offending anyone. After all, this statement implies that you have to check your schedule or you have to check with another person who might be affected by this decision. By saying this, you've bought yourself more time which will benefit you.