Why Saying “No” Can Be the Most Productive Thing You’ll Do All Day

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Image of a No Parking Anytime sign, photography by R. IsipLooking for a refreshing take on your productivity?

Need a boost of confidence when it comes to getting things done?

In this post I offer three reasons why saying “no” is actually a great way to be productive.

You stay true to your original plans and schedule.

When you say “no” to something, you’re not allowing external factors muddle up your previously arranged plans.

You don’t have to juggle or reshuffle your schedule, worry about how you’re going to get a task done, procure materials or supplies, travel to a certain location or even get a hold of someone, to say the least.

You’ve already set a course for yourself and can continue on that path unhindered.

Besides, when you say no to someone else’s agenda, you are in fact saying an overwhelming “yes” to your own plans and activities. How’s that for a boost of confidence?

You don’t waste a lot of time or energy making a decision.

There are times when you need to sit down and have a good think about large decisions in life. For the most part, a lot of the questions or requests we are bombarded with on a daily basis really aren’t that important.

All those little bits of time you spend weighing whether you can squeeze in a non-urgent appointment into an already packed schedule, or whether you want extra dressing on your salad at lunch can add up.

Would you rather spend your time and energy making decisions over trivial matters or spend it on the things that really matter?

You show others you’re serious about your time.

Saying “no” to something is quite powerful, probably even more so than the simple act of saying “yes.” The act of saying “no” is a surefire way to show you’re focused and serious about what you’re doing.

The sooner you start getting serious about yourself and your time, the sooner others will begin to notice.

The next time someone approaches you to take on a non-urgent task, meeting, or something which has nothing to do with you or your schedule for the day, politely say “no.”

It takes effort and determination to protect your time and schedule, but it is well worth it in the end.

How about you? Where in your daily routines will you say “no” to something instead of saying “yes”? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.

2 Responses

  1. Laura Ecker

    I worked hard to learn to set boundaries in my personal life the past ten years. The same techniques have helped me be comfortable saying no to distractions in my business.

    • Rashelle

      It is definitely hard work when it comes to setting boundaries. We often gain so much more in so many ways when we say “no.” I’m glad to hear you’ve been able to successfully set boundaries in so many different parts of your life!