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  • Writer's pictureMaria Stefanidi

The power of no: Why you should start saying it more often!

"No" is a small but powerful word. It's a word that we don't use nearly enough, especially when it comes to our own time and energy.

We say "yes" to things we don't really want to do or know will be a huge time drain.

And then we wonder why we're so tired all the time!

If you're working on your dissertation, it's even more important to start saying "no."

Every time you say "yes" to something, you say "no" to your dissertation.

Why you should start saying "no" more often.

Saying "no" doesn't mean you are inconsiderate or don't care about other people.

It simply means that you value your own time and energy, and you're not going to spend it on things that aren't important to you.

Seven reasons why you should start saying "no" more often.

  1. You'll have more time for what matters. If you start saying "no" to the things that aren't important, you'll have more time for the things that are. For example, if you want to run a few errands that you know they will take most of your day to do, say "no." Or just say "no" to most of these errands if someone else can do them for you or if they are not too urgent. That way, you'll have more time to work on your dissertation!

  2. Your time is valuable. Your time is valuable, so start treating it like it is! By saying "no," you're sending the message that your time is precious and should be spent wisely.

  3. You don't have to please everyone (all the time). It's okay to upset people sometimes - you can't please everyone all the time. So, if someone gets mad at you for saying "no," just remember that it's their problem, not yours!

  4. It feels good! Sometimes we say "yes." out of guilt or because we feel like we have to. But when you say "no," it feels liberating! So, next time someone asks you to do something you don't want to, just remember how good it'll feel when you say "no."

  5. You'll be way more productive. You'll become more productive overall when you have more time for your dissertation. And who doesn't want that?

  6. Your mental health will thank you. When we overcommit ourselves, it takes a toll on our mental health. By learning how to say "no," you can reduce your stress levels and actually enjoy your life more.

  7. You'll become more selective with your yeses! When we learn how to use saying "no" without feeling guilty, we can become more selective with yeses - and these yeses hold significance and weight.

Learning how to say "no" is an incredibly valuable skill.

By taking some time not to learn how to set boundaries and value your time, you can make significant strides in the way you lead your life.

So, cheers to recognizing the power of no.

Your dissertation is essential, and it must be your top priority right now.

When you over-commit yourself, you're just making things more complicated on yourself by spreading yourself too thin.

Your time is valuable, so start valuing it accordingly!


I hope you enjoyed this month's blog post! If you can come up with more reasons why you should start saying "no" more often, DM me! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one! #yourdissertationcoach #dissertationcoach #dissertation #sayno #valueyourtime #undergraduate #postgraduate #phdstudent #dissertationtips #dissertationjourney #thesis #students #setboundaries

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