Do you feel like your life at home is an absolute mess? Are you constantly overwhelmed and feel like you never have time to clear the clutter? You are not alone. There are many people out there who, just like you, struggle with keeping things tidy.
Due to tight work schedules, tending to your family and other commitments, it might be hard or even impossible to take some time aside and work on decluttering your home.
After working, caring for others and other daily tasks, the last thing you might want to do is to sort through your things and start doing more work. It’s only natural, and you deserve a break!
The truth is, sometimes our plates are way too full, and we could simply avoid a lot of issues by learning how to say “no” respectfully. Stop for a moment and think about it. How many of your daily commitments could easily be avoided if you just had said no to begin with?
The problem is that saying “no” is not always easy, especially when friends ask you for favors or your community wants you to be a part of something.
Say, for example, that somebody asks you to volunteer to coach a soccer team for the neighbor’s kids. It’s a flattering honor to be considered, and you could do some good in the community, as well as improve your networks and social ties. However, it’s important to ask yourself one thing: can you really dedicate so much time to something else in your life?
Saying “no” might seem awkward at first, but it can relieve a lot of stress from you, especially if you have too much to do every day already.
You can be respectful when saying no, showcasing respect and appreciation while declining. Always answer timely and don’t put off saying no, giving people the impression that you might say yes later! The best way is to be firm about your decision, yet polite. You do not have to do everything asked of you, but you can also straight out tell people why you’re going to say “no.” You have simply too much on your hands and need some personal time for other endeavors. Who could possibly argue with that?
Living a busy life can lead to a lot of fulfillment, but lack of balance can bring about so much stress. “No” might just be your safe word out of it!