By Mary McLoughlin.

The hardest time management skill is saying “no.”  This most simple time management strategy can feel like the most painful.

Do time management issues sometimes seem overwhelming? Time management is one of those life skills that had direct application for direct selling leaders.  The better you become at it, the more you get done well and the more you enjoy what you are doing.  This series is designed to support your fine tuning of your time management skills.

This article is part 6 of a six part series.  Part 1, I Just Can’t Get It All Done, can be found by clicking here. Part 2, Follow Up Starts with a System, can be accessed here.  Part 3, Eliminate the Electronic Overload, is here. Part 4, Tame the Paper Tiger, is here. Part 5, Managing the Overwhelm, is here.

Knowing when to say “no” is critical if you plan to be in charge of YOUR time! Here are five things that will help you feel comfortable sticking to your priorities and confident as you say no with grace.

  • Use your schedule
  • Tell them why
  • Be honest, but firm
  • Know why before saying yes
  • Don’t feel obligated

There are 86,400 seconds in every 24-hour day. How will you spend yours?

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