We all know that it's tough to say no to work sometimes, but it's often also about figuring out how to prioritise when bosses, clients and colleagues keep piling more on your plate. The Muse put together a few helpful scripts for dealing with this problem.
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The gist here is pretty simple: explain that you're busy right now, but can help at some point, or ask if you need to prioritise. Here's an example for talking with a manager:
OK! I can definitely tackle this, but I'd like to review something before I proceed.
Right now my current priorities are: [list them in order].
Would you like this new assignment to be my top priority?
If so, that's no problem, but it means that — since we're pushing several other items down the list — all of my other projects will get completed slightly later.
I can create a timeline of when everything will be completed, if that's helpful to you.
It's a simple thing, but could help prevent you from getting overwhelmed. Head over to The Muse for scripts for speaking with a colleague or a client.