5 Ways To Get Out Of Anything: Mastering The Art Of Saying No
Do you find yourself constantly overcommitting and struggling to manage your time between work, family life, and obligations? If so, then this list is for you! We’ve all been in situations where we have to decline invitations or requests. Whether it’s an awkward baby shower invitation, a wedding halfway across the country, or a last-minute request to work on your day off, some things in life are avoidable. Here are five ways to master the art of saying no and get out of anything.
1. Be (Mostly) Honest
The old adage “honesty is the best policy” applies here. Be transparent and honest when declining an invitation or request. If your colleague at work wants you to work more overtime than you can handle, let them know that you’re in the middle of a big project and can’t commit to more time. While being honest might reflect negatively on you, it’s always better to stand up for yourself than to be taken advantage of.
2. Be (Overly) Graphic
Do you have a family dinner that you don’t want to attend? Tell your host that you’re feeling under the weather and describe your “symptoms” in excruciating detail. No one wants to catch the stomach flu or a bad cold, so your host will understand if you say you’re not well. You can always say that you’d love to come but wouldn’t want anyone else to catch it.
3. Be Busy
In today’s society, everyone is busy. Sometimes, you can plea a busy schedule as a way to decline invitations or requests. Share your to-do list and let them know how much stress you’re under or that you have an impending deadline to meet. Saying that you’re busy is a valid reason to decline invitations or requests, but don’t forget to schedule time for things that you’re interested in outside of work.
4. Be Apologetic
If you’ve exhausted all other options and can’t avoid an undesirable commitment, apologize to your host or requester. Personalize your apology to the situation and express your regret genuinely. Saying sorry (and really meaning it) has been proven to positively impact your mental and physical health, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
5. Be Prepared To Say No From The Start
When an invitation or request comes your way, remember that you’re in charge of your time. Make sure you’re genuinely interested in something before you say yes. Don’t be afraid to decline an invitation or request, and if you find yourself being pushed to commit, stick to your decision to say no.
In conclusion, we all have things we want to say no to, but we don’t always know how to do it. Practice these five ways to get out of anything, and don’t forget to make time each day for something you enjoy. Share your favorite excuse or strategy for escaping obligations with us in the comments below!