Time Management and Productivity Pro Laura Stack Reveals How Just Saying No is Good for Business
10/28/2014

In her newest blog, productivity guru Laura Stack explains why productivity suffers when workers don’t dare to say ”no” when they’re overburdened.

Online PR News – 28-October-2014 – DENVER, Colo. – Overburdened employees usually know they’re not contributing as productively as they could be in the workplace because they’re reluctant to say “no” when too many tasks are being piled on their already-full plates. In a new blog titled, “Short, Sweet, and to the Point: Boost Your Productivity By Saying No,” time management and productivity expert Laura Stack takes a new look at the age old workplace quandary of knowing when to say “no” for the sake of maintaining high level productivity.

Stack, who has made a career of teaching people the value of balance between the workplace and one’s personal life, describes a common phenomenon in corporate environments that causes even the most rational and competent workers to prove their team spirit by willingly taking on every project thrust at them.

“If your manager drops another project on your plate while you’re running out the door, or when an end user asks if you can add just one more little feature while you're elbow-deep in the code, it’s challenging at best to refuse,” Stack says. “It can seem like you must say ‘yes’ to every task thrust your way, and sometimes, in fact, it seems impossible to say ‘no.’”

In order to keep from drowning in overwork and consistently working 12-hour days, Stack advises readers who find themselves weighed down by multiple projects that the stress can eventually sabotage their productivity. If their aim is to look like enthusiastic team players, then saying “yes” when they should be saying “no” is not the way to go about earning accolades on the job.

“When you're on the ragged edge of using your computer as a boat anchor, something must give,” Stack says. “If you learn to say ‘no’ to people just a little bit more, you’ll witness a new feeling of release and relief.”

Stack’s “ditch the inner ‘yes-man’” advice isn’t just for unnecessary project-related pile-ons either. She encourages readers to start asserting themselves by saying “no” to those requests that are least relevant to their own job performance first.

“Don’t put everyone else’s needs over your own,” she says. “Don't ’volunteer’ to coach the company's Little League team, or bake a cake for someone's birthday, or do a ‘quick analysis’ for the guy in the next cube, no matter how someone pressures you—unless, in the last case, he already has your manager's backing.”

In the blog, Stack adds a list of what she calls creative ways to say “no” to a coworker or superior, and offers guidance for standing one’s ground politely and professionally.

To learn more about saying “no” to improve workplace productivity, or for other information on communicating productively, visit TheProductivityPro.com website, email Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call 303-471-7401.

About Laura Stack:

America’s Premier Expert in Productivity™ for more than 20 years, Laura Stack aka The Productivity Pro® has helped business leaders and professionals worldwide learn to execute more efficiently, boost performance, and accelerate results in the workplace. Stack’s company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., provides productivity workshops to businesses and organizations around the globe to help attendees achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. Stack is the bestselling author of six books, published by Random House, Wiley, and Berrett-Koehler, with more than 20 foreign editions: Execution IS the Strategy: How Leaders Achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time (2014); What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do (2012); SuperCompetent (2010); The Exhaustion Cure (2008); Find More Time (2006); and Leave the Office Earlier (2004).

Widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of performance and workplace issues, Stack has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Connect via her website, blog, HuffPost, Facebook, or Twitter.

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