• Improve Your Time Management By Learning to Say No Feb 5, 2019
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    Regardless of whether you're a CEO or an entry-level employee, time management is an increasingly important skill for all of us to master. For many people, however, it's a very tough skill to get to grips with, particularly if your job role involves a fluid and often packed schedule.

    Whether you find yourself constantly late for meetings and appointments, or having trouble dealing with ever-increasing workloads, being able to efficiently and effectively manage your time could make all the difference.

    But how can you get started with improving your time management? For many people, it might be as simple as learning to say 'no' more often. A sign of an organised, assertive and confident employee, an ability to say 'no' can dramatically impact your ability to manage your time. Research has discovered a strong correlation between those with poor time management skills and those who say 'yes' to everything asked of them, often resulting in an inability to complete jobs on time and successfully.

    According to a new infographic from STL, there are some simple steps to learning to say 'no' more often:

    • Understand the implications of saying 'yes' to a task
    • Listen carefully to what's being asked of you, and don't be afraid to ask questions
    • If you say no, be sure to give strong, logical reasons
    • Avoid an instant answer. Instead, give yourself some time to properly consider the reuqest
    Often, you can find saying 'no' easier if you offer alternative solutions to someone's problem. For example, turning down a request to attend a meeting because you're busy, but suggesting someone else who may be able to help.
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