Even though I am writing this blog, honestly, even today, it is a challenge for me to say No to everyone. I end up getting overburdened everytime because I cannot say no to the people close to me.
Saying no without hurting the front persons sentiment or ego is a big challenge, and that is what makes it a very subtle art. Saying No, needs a big courage.
How to say No to a person
As I have been repeatedly saying in my previous blog series, that you are a human being with limitations. It is not possible for you to be everywhere and do everything. The concept of women being superheroes is over exaggerated. However, before taking up a task analyse the amount of time that you would be spending on the task. Is the task geuinely something that only you can do and others cannot do it. Can the task be delegated to someone else ?
Can the task be managed without your contribution ?
Once you analyse these points, convey your No to the opposite person in a subtle manner.
When to say No
This is a tricky question. Remember it may be physically not possible for you to do the task, but the front person still needs to get the task done. Therefore, intimate the front person at the earliest. Always give the front person sufficient time to organise an alternative for the task.
Give a Solution
A person always delegates a task to you because they think that you are the only person, who can offer solution to the problem. Always provide them with an alternative solution and they will be grateful to you forever. Remember, you may be indespensible but the person who is delegating task to you is also in a fix, give them simple practical solution and help them to solve the same. That will make you less guilty of saying no to the person.
It is important that you also set your own priorities first. It is important that you first take care of your health, your task at hand before committing to additional burden. Saying No is easy if you offer an alternate solution to the front person. Saying no does not make you incapable so stop beating yourself for the same.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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