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Feeling stressed out?

Property Management is both rewarding and exhausting—all at the same time. One way to manage your stress is to say “no” to things that don’t directly support your goals and values. But saying “no” is really hard for some of us to do. So we end up over-committed and stressed out. Choose from a few of the following statements by Lillian Valdez to use whenever you feel tempted to say “Yes” when you know the answer should be “No”.

  • No, but thank you for asking!
  • Thanks, but let me get back to you.
  • Sorry, not now, but maybe next time.
  • I simply just cannot say yes.
  • Thank you, but I am not the right person to be asking. Let me make some suggestions
  • Let me check a few things, but it would be best to plan on working without me.
  • Before I can say yes, I would have to be very clear about what is expected.
  • I’m sorry, I won’t be able to help–but let me help you find someone who can.
  • I can’t take on the whole task, but maybe I can help you with part of what you need.
  • I seriously would love to help but I am unable to at this time.
  • I’m sorry but there is already too much on my plate.
  • Thank you for thinking of me, but unfortunately, I will have to pass.
  • I am not taking on any new commitments right now.
  • I’m so sorry; I just cannot make it work.
  • I wish I could help, but at this moment I just can’t.

Once you find a few ways to say “No” write them down and keep them handy. And the next time your answer is “No” you’ll be prepared with a nice way to say it!