No one is entitled to your space.
No one is entitled to your time.
No one is entitled to you.
Repeat those three sentences until it’s ingrained into your mind and you start putting it into practice.
It’s okay to say no when you feel like it.
This two letter word can bring you so much happiness and can stop you from being exploited by those who use up your valuable time and resources while demanding things that you would never ask someone else for. Do not feel inclined to do things for people because you fear you’ll be viewed as a ‘bad person’, if what you’ve been asked for goes against your values or will put you at a disadvantage, say ‘no. ‘
If you don’t want to say no out of the fear of being blunt and uncaring you can say the following:
- ‘I’m busy’
- ‘I’d rather not’
- ‘I won’t be able to because xyz’
- ‘I’d love to help but can’t because I’ve committed to xyz’
- ‘I can’t because it goes against my views and it makes me feel uncomfortable.’
- ‘I don’t want to’
- ‘No thanks’
- ‘I can’t’
Remember, time is your most valuable asset because it is the only thing you can’t get back, so say no when you feel like it.