Need Help Saying No? First, You Need “Me Time.”

March 22, 2018

Career Advice

We recently blogged about one tip that can help you take control of your work day: blocking off your calendar for y-o-u. This trick requires you to block off two or three hours to do the tasks that never get done. Most likely it’s your actual work. You know, the stuff you can’t do when you’re busy responding to emails and going to meetings.

Have you taken advantage of that tip yet? If not, we have another compelling reason why you should start. Reverse-engineering your work day–that is, protecting a certain block of time each day without guilt or shame–allows you to say no more easily. You’ll be able to say things like:

  • No, I’m not available between 10 AM and noon. How about 2 PM instead? 
  • No, I can’t be there until after 2 PM. Let’s do 2:30 PM instead.
  • No, I’m unavailable at that time but I can make 10 AM work instead. 

With a reverse-engineered calendar, you’ll be able to respond quickly and without a blink when you’re asked to spread yourself too thin. You’ll be able to stick to a schedule that works more efficiently and maybe even get yourself out of a few commitments that were unnecessary in the first place.

Image via Henry Burrows/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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