Our article today focuses on learning to say no by increasing how you spend your time. I know this might elicit some negative feelings, but honestly, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

One of the very best ways to manage your time is to learn to say no. Saying no is a great way to control how you spend your time and take your power back. Most of us don’t know how to say no because our parents taught us not to say no very well. Many two-year-olds love saying no but are quickly taught that the word no is unacceptable. But, it’s time to take back the power of no and earn more time in your day for doing what you really want to do.


Does NO Really Mean No?


Below are some of the ways you can say no.

  • You’ll Reduce Your Stress

One of the worst things about overscheduling your time is the stress that it will cause. Learning to say no will automatically reduce your stress, even if the first few times you say no will be a little stressful. The freedom you experience will soon overshadow the fear of saying no

  • You’ll Be Perceived as More Professional

No one person can do everything. If you already have something scheduled and can’t do something, it is to be expected of a professional person. You don’t even have to provide a reason; say that your calendar is full.


Number 1 – That’s Me


  • You’ll Improve at Tasks You Really Want to Do

If you’re not spending time doing stuff you hate, you’ll get to spend more time doing things you want to do. That means you’ll get more practice and improve at what you already like doing.

  • You Get to Spend Time Doing What You Want to Do

No one wants to spend time doing things they dislike, but they tend to say yes due to their mom’s lessons. If you really want to spend more time writing or helping your clients solve their problems, say no to doing things you don’t want to do and recommend someone else.


Being First


  • People Will Respect You More

Even really good people lose respect for those who act like doormats. You probably don’t want to appear as a doormat; you’re just trying to be helpful. But even nice people will take advantage of those who say yes all the time. That’s why you’ll notice the same three people always do all the work in any group—the yes people.

  • Saying No Gives You the Opportunity to Say Yes

This may sound counter-intuitive but it’s true. If you learn to say no to things that don’t advance your business or life in any measurable way, you’ll have more time to say yes to things that do.


Learn to Say No


  • You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

People who say yes to everything tend to do most things halfway. They don’t mean to, but they get too much on their plate and end up unable to do the tasks they agreed to do to the best of their ability. If you say no, you can avoid this embarrassment.

  • Pause, Breathe Deeply, Check Your Calendar

In order to say no without a problem, when someone asks you to do something, even if it’s something you know immediately that you do want to do, make it a practice to take a pause, take a breath, and check your calendar. Calendar checking can give you time to think about whether or not you want to say yes or no.


Saying no can give you enough time to create the life you want to live. If you’re feeling hurried and overwhelmed, take the time to practice saying no. By saying no, you’ll take control of your schedule and feel like you get more time in your day. So, what did you learn today about saying no in this article? Learn to Say No By Increasing How You Spend Your Time. Did you learn anything new? The most important part of saying NO is that YOU get to decide when, how, and why.

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