How to Say NO: Noble Objection – the Ultimate in Time Management
What do you do when all other time management methods fail you? You have too much to do. You need to say ‘no’. You need to make a Noble Objection.
But it’s not so simple. So, I’ll show you how to say NO properly – and make it a positive response.
Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
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This video is part of course module number 1.6.2
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management
Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
– The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working
– Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized
– Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
– Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
– Monkey Management: How to Deal with a Monkey on Your Back
– Email Wrangling: How to Manage Your Email Effectively
– Goal Setting: The Start of Your Time Management
– Time Management with The OATS Principle
– To Do List and 7 Other Lists You Should Use Instead
– Prioritization: Understand Urgent & Important
– Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
– How to Handle Overload: When Time Management is Not Enough
– How to Handle Interruptions and Distractions
– Strategic Time Management: What and How
The ultimate solution to overload is to do less. And that means saying ‘no’ to yourself and to others.
But saying no is hard. It feels negative, people don’t like it, and it removes the chance to do something and succeed.
Be prepared to say ‘NO’ to the right things
These are things that do not contribute enough. If you were to do them, then they would limit your ability to focus on things that matter more.
When you say NO for the right reasons, and in a courteous and respectful way, this is not negative at all. It is a Noble Objection.
How do you make a Noble Objection and say NO?
Evaluate your Choice
Which is right: Yes or a NO? Ask questions and test the possible outcomes to see which is right.
Clear, Calm, Confident, Courteous
You may want to apologize. That’s fine, but express regret for the impact it has on the other person, not for your choice.
Never a Naked NO
Always clothe your NO in a ‘because’. People accept a NO more easily when they know there’s a good reason. If your reasoning is flawed, they can ask you to reconsider.
Where you can, make helpful suggestions.
1. What things could you have said NO to in the last few weeks? (2 MC CPD Point)
2. Reflect on a few examples. Imagine them happening again. How will you make your Noble Objection next time? (2 MC CPD Points)
3. Next time someone asks you to do something you know you shouldn’t really do, say NO; make a Noble Objection. (2 MC CPD Points)
4. Afterwards, evaluate your NO. How dd it feel? How effective way it? What can you learn for next time? (2 MC CPD Points)
I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers.
All my books cover the idea of the Noble Objection. But one features it at the heart. For a masterclass in saying NO:
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
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