The Strategy of Saying No


When starting in a new environment, it seems to be almost a habit to say “yes” to everything that comes your way.  If you’re running a company or working for a business, it isn’t always the smartest thing to constantly say “yes”, this will lead to an overwhelming amount of work that turns out half baked.  It is important to remember that multitasking is not always a productive way to handle projects, through a healthy strategy of saying yes and no we came up with the best three points.

Know and Trust Yourself


If the proposal of a new project comes around to you yet you have your plate full, it is important realize your threshold until you become overwhelmed.  Taking on too much work can lead to your other work projects not having enough time and effort being put into them and could have turned out much better if you didn’t multitask.

Make sure to evaluate a proposal before saying yes. If you believe the project is realistic with the time, money, and resources provided, it would make sense to say yes, but if it isn’t, exercise the use of saying no to an unrealistic goal.


“No” means “No”


Rejected advocates can return and most often try to renew the cases of why their project should be put through. Maybe they come back with more data and a more effective pitch, it is important to remember your reason for saying “No” in the first place and stick to it.  Giving them a half green light will lead to a waste of time energy and resources that were originally not supposed to be used, this leads to uninspired compromises.


It is important to be honest with yourself of why you are saying “No”. For a coworker, a boss, or a client to know why you are saying “No” it has to be something you can fully put your words behind.


“Yes” means “Yes”


It is important to know what you will do with confidence and not to look back. We learn from our mistakes and it is valuable that we know our limits. It is important to study the results from past projects and say “Yes” to new ones you know you can adjust and improve then eventually move onto greater things. Accepting projects can open up new opportunities and allow your knowledge to broaden about new ideas to come.