When we talked about individual differences in my OB class this semester, I tried to stress the importance of self-awareness to the self-management process, which in turn leads to better people management skills. Visiting the Harvard Business Review website, I noticed the article “Nine Practices to Help You Say No” which I thought would benefit the students in their self-management practice. I also have a tendency to avoid saying no, so this article seemed like something I might benefit from, too.
Most of the tips are familiar. Until today, I’d always thought of myself as someone who says yes because I like to “be nice.” I’d never thought before how much of my over-commitment stems from not wanting to miss out. Being harried, of course, creates its own type of missing out in the form of burnout and distraction, but at the moment the request is conveyed, it’s hard to say no to all the possibilities that can arise from the opportunity.