The power of saying “NO” comes from being more focused on what you need to be doing every day to achieve your goals. This takes practice and means having to say “NO” more often.
There is a battle going on between our ears where we constantly talk ourselves out of situations. To help put a stop to this give yourself a timeout when that little negative voice demands attention. Give yourself a quick pep talk, read an old Monday Motivator, focus on the benefits of sticking to your priorities and the rewards for doing so.
A “Do Not Disturb” sign on your office door is a good way to stop other people from destroying your focus. Close your door for at least part of the day when you need to be left alone to concentrate on a project. And remember to tackle your most important priorities first.
The telephone can be your mortal enemy when focusing on your work and can be allowed to control your day. Turn your mobile phone off if you need to concentrate. Email, voicemail and answering services can help you avoid interruption and focus on your tasks. Choose the most productive moments to make your phone calls, say between 8am to 10am. Give up the habit of automatically reaching for the phone whenever it rings.
I have heard funny stories of people so intent on reaching the phone they fall over things, hurt themselves and when they get to the phone “Hello” a voice says, “Hi we are conducting a survey…..”
Have a safe and relaxing break, practice saying “NO”.