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Get Career Ready: Say No

By Angela Guido

August 7, 2016

You’re one person. You have one life. You have exactly 24 hours in every day. You can’t do it all.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is say yes. Say yes to inspiration, curiosity, the unknown, and the things that interest you. That will lead you down an inspiring path. But if you say yes a few times, sooner or later you will have to say no because you have priorities.

A truism goes: “Only do things that only you can do.” Stuff like working out, spending time with friends, doing your homework, and keeping in touch with family can’t be outsourced. You have to do those yourself. So those will necessarily take top priority in your life. Learn to say no to things that don’t make the best use of your time. Some ideas:

  • Don’t step up to lead that additional class project when you are already overcommitted in your other classes.
  • Don’t run for president of your sorority when you are already chair of a professional club you want to dedicate your time and energy to.
  • Don’t help that friend with her problem set when the only time she can meet is when you already promised to have lunch with your brother.

Determine your priorities and say no selectively when opportunities conflict with them.

Our career tips are brought to you by Angela Guido. For more timeless wisdom and bright ideas for your career, check out her website, Career Protocol.

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