What is one thing you want to take off your plate and say “No” to today? Let us know in the comments below.  And check out our "Saying No" Cheat Sheet above.

Saying No Cheat Sheet

1. Gratitude and don’t worry, it’s not personal

  • Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support, I really appreciate it! I can’t take on anything else though, so I’m not able to do XYZ.

  • I really appreciate you asking me, but I’m fully committed already.

2. Appreciation and then vague but solid no

  • Thanks for asking, but that isn’t going to work for me.

  • Thanks for asking, but that unfortunately won’t work for me.

3. Solid no and then offer to send in a reinforcement or two

  • I can’t do it, but I bet Amanda or Paige can. I’ll put you in touch with them directly.

  • You know, I feel like moms are always getting to do the bake sales at school. Let’s ask Dad if he wants to help this year.

  • I just don’t have time right now. Let me recommend someone who may be able to help you.

4. Simple no

  • Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that though.

5. No, I made a promise to myself

  • During the Mindfulness Based Achievement Program I’m taking, I made a commitment that I wouldn’t take on any more projects right now. I’m working on creating more balance in my life. Thanks for your support in helping me make this happen.


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