Saying no is scary.
But sometimes, you have to learn how, for your sanity and productivity. Saying no to the right things means you can say yes to what matters. You have to take control. No one else will do it for you.
It’s not surprising we don’t know how. Why would our job or school teach how to say no? They want us to say yes.
I’ve been subject to my fair share of unreasonable “requests” at work. We all have. Some common demands:
- “I’ll need these revisions by Sunday night” (the unreasonable timeframe).
- “This has to get done by tomorrow morning” (the ever-popular fake deadline).
- The fun late-night unnecessary conference call (making you work just because someone else is).
Learn how to say no at work – even when you feel anxious or scared.