Learning how to say “no” to extra demands on your time

March 21, 2017

“Early in my career, I struggled to say no,” writes Robin Bernstein for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author notes that between committees, manuscripts, and “dozens of other tasks, large and small,” the pile of requests kept rising until the time finely came for Bernstein to say no. To this end, Bernstein offers five tips for refusing extra demands from peers in the workplace: volunteer someone else for the request; do not explain yourself, or conversely, explain yourself when you have an airtight reason for refusing a demand; set your own policies for accepting or rejecting requests; and finally, simply hit “delete” on email requests that are unreasonable or inappropriate. Chronicle