How good are you at saying “no"?
Because when we get inundated with requests for help, people wanting to pick your brain, or just a few pointers and advice for free—it’s easy to feel obliged to say “yes” and then regret it.
Afterall, they’re not asking too much, are they?
Well, maybe they are. If you know saying “yes” to everything means putting yourself second and risking burnout—don’t feel guilty—say “no”.
There are ways to do it, of course. You can say, “I’m sorry, I don’t have the time to help you at the moment”, or you could suggest they pay for some time with you. Or you could direct them to another source of help.
None of these options are personal insults, so if they’re taken that way, that’s on them —not you. They’re simply ways to let people know your boundaries, because you only have so much energy in a day.
- Prioritise those people who you want to invest time in.
- Put time into things that give you a reward, too.
- Don’t feel guilty when you say “no”
- Don’t over-explain. Be firm, be kind, and move on.
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