|Welcome to this issue of "Dr. T's Timely Tips" by Dr. Tony Alessandra. Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Learn to Say No Saying no is one of the most important tools for time management you can use, and a way to avoid overload, overtime, and stress. Because of the need to please, the fear of offending, or other emotion-laden reasons, we sometimes undercut our own priorities and undervalue our own time. So, we say "Yes" first and regret it later as we let others squander our time.
- Have you ever agreed to an abbreviated deadline even though it meant missing your daughter's dance recital?
- Do you regularly agree to assist colleagues even though it means getting home an hour later every day? - Do you do favors for friends and resent that they never seem to reciprocate?
Determine what your priorities are - and stick to them. Draw the line at saying yes to any request that will pull you away from these priorities.
"We have to prevent others from wasting our time," said Mark McCormack, the late globetrotting executive. "This calls for alertness, assertiveness and tact."
One way to do this is to figure out how long a given conversation or meeting should take and then allot it neither more nor less time than it deserves.
Alternatively, you can practice counting to ten before responding to a request for your time -- and if the answer must be no, suggest other ways, or other people, to meet the requester's need. This will alleviate some of your potential guilt by providing alternate solutions -- you will still be helping, and you won't have to stress about wasted time.
Above all, keep your own priorities firmly in mind.
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