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Chapter 15. Factors affecting productivity > Inability to say “no”

Inability to say “no”

If you have difficulty saying “no” to requests for your time, you’ll be overwhelmed with too many tasks. Taking on too much work ultimately decreases your productivity. If you work on too many projects at one time, you might fail to give adequate attention to one of the projects. Concentrating on the quantity of work instead of the quality does not increase your productivity; instead, it limits opportunities for advancement and learning.

Realizing your limits is not a handicap; rather, knowing your limits saves time for you and for the people around you. Once you realize your limits, do not be shy about telling people you do not have time to help them with something. Being honest about your limits allows the person requesting your time an opportunity to delegate the task to someone who has more time. To overcome your inability to say “no”, you must realize that telling someone “no” does not indicate that you are an incapable person.


  

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