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How to effectively say “No”

March 25, 2021 Posted by Y2 Yoga Blog

The great news is life is slowly getting back to normal and hopefully we can all start enjoying life as we knew it pre-COVID.  The simple things like hugging, visiting loved ones, eating inside in a restaurant, concerts, sporting events, large gatherings, etc are what everyone is looking forward to.  But, along with life back to “normal” comes a variety of commitments/volunteer opportunities that bog us down, increase stress level and leave us feeling unproductive.  How do you stay focused and commit only to what truly matters to you and what you have time for?  Of course, there are many opportunities to give back and do something that matters, but we can not do it all.  Here are a few strategies to help you not overcommit.  Remember volunteering is supposed to be rewarding not a chore.  If you just know you don’t have the time or are not interested in what you are being asked to do, here is how you can effectively say “no”

  1. Say it. Don’t beat around the bush or offer weak excuses or hem and haw. …
  2. Be assertive and courteous. …
  3. Understand peoples’ tactics. …
  4. Set boundaries. …
  5. Put the question back on the person asking. …
  6. Be firm. …
  7. Be selfish.

If you have started a volunteer job and it is not what you expected, remember to treat volunteer commitments as you would a potential employer or any other networking relationship. You never know when you may cross paths again. If things aren’t working out, communicate a clear and direct message to the organization. 

Net net, say “YES” to things that matter to you and that you have the time to do.  You can’t do it all and should not TRY!  

NAMASTE

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