Here are 5 Ways to politely say “No” or buy yourself more time to think it over.

Saying No - Samantha Kristoferson - Emilio Jose Garcia - KW Professional Organizers - Waterloo - Kitchener

Have you considered that maybe the reason you’re busy is because you love to please people? Stop for a moment and consider how many things you do for yourself in a day. Now I want you to consider how much you do for others in a day. Compare the lists.



We know how challenging it can be to be pulled in all different directions… your family, your work, your hobbies, your friends, and let’s not forget your online presence. Here’s the thing we think you could feel a lot less stressed if you practice these Top 5 Ways to Say “No.” 



Read Aloud the Top 5 Ways to Say “No” 



1. Right now is not a good time. Can you follow up with me in (insert future date).


2. Thank you for thinking of me… May I have some time to think about it?


3. That’s not ideal for me, but I know someone who would be great.


4. I appreciate your time, but this is not something that interests me.


5. Based on my previous experience I know that this is not for me.

How did saying those out loud feel? Did they roll off the tongue easily? Did you feel anxious at the thought of saying “No?”

Don’t worry because that’s completely normal. The more you practice these responses, the more confident you will become with others. At the end of the day, you want to make sure you can feel good about protecting your time. Because we all know that if you don’t decide on how to spend your time, someone else will decide for you.

Are you feeling stressed?

Can you share a polite way to say “no?”

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Samantha provides personal, home and business organization solutions for individuals who are ready for change. She is a Co-Founder of KW Professional Organizers, a sought after public speaker and blogger.