007: The Surprising Way ‘No’ Can Really Mean Yes

07 /01
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007: The Surprising Way ‘No’ Can Really Mean Yes

Today’s episode is all about the power of the word “no” and how to cut through the clutter in our daily to-do list. There’s a lot of guilt associated with saying no to tasks so I’m going to be walking you through how to filter out the lowest priority tasks, what saying no really means for your happiness and easy ways can say no guilt-free.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • How to filter out most of your lowest priority tasks.
  • Why delegating will help you focus on your priorities.
  • Why we have guilt about saying no to things and how to overcome it.
  • Getting rid of the busy mindset and being more productive.
  • The way saying No really means Yes, and vice versa.
  • Good excuses and ways to say no.

 

What To Do Next:

  • If you haven’t already, listen to episode 006.
  • Review the ways to say no in the Resources and Links sections.
  • Keep a few good excuses with you, in your planner, on your phone, etc., to keep them handy for the next time you need to say no.

Resources and Links

5 good excuses to use to say no:

  • Blame it on your budget: “I’m so sorry, that doesn’t fit in my budget this month, but I really appreciate the invitation.”
  • Blame it on your schedule: “Oh that sounds like something I’d love, unfortunately I’m so over committed right now, but thank you so much for thinking of me.”
  • Blame it on somebody else: “Oh, you know what? We would really enjoy that event but that’s our family night and I know that- [your husband, your child, whoever] -is really looking forward to it. I just can’t cancel.” Or, “I promised my husband I wouldn’t take on any new projects right now.”
  • Blame it on exhaustion: “Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I’m going to keep that night open. I’m usually really tired on Monday nights and I really need that time to relax and recharge for my family.”
  • Just say no: “No, thank you. I appreciate you thinking of me!”

**Don’t: tell people to check with you later, don’t push it off on someone else (unless you truly think that person wants to do it), do not over apologize, don’t second guess your decision.

 

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton