Most people have far more work than they can possibly get to. That’s why it’s so important to say no to things that aren’t a great use of your time. But turning people down can be uncomfortable. To get better at it, practice saying no politely and gracefully.
- If a colleague asks you to do something that isn’t your job, you might say: “That isn’t my area of expertise, but I’m happy to connect you with someone who could help.”
- If you’re asked to attend a meeting or join a project that you don’t have time for, say: “Thanks so much, but I have to decline. My schedule is at capacity right now.”
- If you’re asked to finish a task on a too-tight deadline, say: “I would love to help, but due to my other commitments, I won’t be able to finish by that deadline. Can I get it back to you by next week?”
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