No pushover here

Los Angeles Times - - JOBS -

If you’re loathe to say “no” to a re­quest — whether it’s to help plan the hol­i­day party or take over a slack­ing co­worker’s pro­ject — you’ll never go very far. You’ll be too busy mul­ti­task­ing to fo­cus on rock­ing the heck out of your own work­load. You may think you’re earn­ing brownie points by show­ing how help­ful and ac­com­mo­dat­ing you are, but all you’re do­ing is show­ing peo­ple you’re a pushover and set­ting your­self up for burnout. To do your own job well, you need to learn to set bound­aries and po­litely and re­spect­fully say “no” when you don’t have the band­width to take on ex­tra tasks. You’ve been hired to get your work done. It isn’t mean or self­ish to turn peo­ple down when say­ing “yes” will in­ter­fere with your abil­ity to get your own work done.

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