“Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time with family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. …pick three.” –Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook Yes, accomplishing all five seems close to impossible, but pocket these time management tips to maximize efficiency and you might escape with more time on your hands.
Time Management Tip 1: Learn how to say noLet’s face it. We are the main culprit when it comes to our level of busy. But why is it so hard to say no? The word ‘no’ in and of itself has a negative stigma. Saying no to someone can feel like rejecting that person. Perhaps we avoid the word out of fear; we’re afraid someone will take offense, of what others will think, or how they might interpret the unseen implications of ‘no.’ Will they ever come to me again? Will saying no to them diminish trust? Some of these questions are valid fears depending on the person and situation, but saying no is vital to effective time management. So, instead of overthinking the situation, use these strategies to cushion the the next time you simply can’t afford to say yes:
- Just add a ‘thanks’ at the end.
- Offer another solution/suggestion
- Don’t fully commit up front. Give them an estimated amount of time for you to decide. For example, say something like this: “Let me check my calendar and see if I have space for that. I will let you know by tomorrow around noon.”
- If you truly can’t perform the task, be transparent and say although you would love to, you must decline because you feel inadequate for the job.