To be more productive, learn to say No

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Here are excerpts from an interesting article with the above title. The message of the article is that saying No is essential to creativity and productivity. The first excerpt is a quote from Peter Drucker:

“One of the secrets of productivity is to have a VERY BIG waste paper basket to take care of ALL invitations such as yours – productivity in my experience consists of NOT doing anything that helps the work of other people but to spend all one’s time on the work the Good Lord has fitted one to do, and to do well.”

Let me attempt to paraphrase the last part of the above quote: stop running around helping other people get their work done at the expense of getting your own task or agenda done. Focus.

Here is another excerpt that highlights the consequences of saying No, especially in terms of how you will be viewed by others:

“No” makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But “no” is the button that keeps us on.

Everyone wants a bit of your time, yet saying Yes again and again will take a toll on your productivity and/or creativity. What to do? Learn to say No more often. Your success might very well depend on it.

Read the full article: Creative People Say No

One comment

  1. To every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Law.

    To every ‘No’ there’s a stronger and retaliatory ‘Nay’ . Eye_bee_kay ‘s Law.

    Just like some clowns would tell you’ givers never lack’, they are obviously talking about OTHERS doing the giving and they, receiving..

    The guy that keeps fishing out noes would of course refuse to look from the other end of the table, getting those NOes in a flurry.

    Learn to say No more often. Your success might very well depend on it.

    Pardon this subtlety, but I think that’s a truckoad of smelly Chrismas chicken feathers… ho, hoo, hoo ! .

    Say enough nays, and you are on the right track to resounding failure.

    NO, thanks!

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