The courage to say no is something I’m working on. I have a new standard rule, that when I’m asked to do something extra, I give myself 48 hours to respond. I can respond immediately and say, thanks for this opportunity, and let me think about it, if there is indeed a need for an answer or reply right away. Nothing in this fast-paced world operates on an emergency basis except a 911 call, so be suspicious if there is a need for a quicker turnaround. You may be pressured for a reason.
Like, no one else would do it.
Anyway, I’ve found that usually after 48 hours, someone else has already chimed in and volunteered. And my tendency is to work about two weeks more than my salaried contract requires, already. So I have a lot to work on, and most requests should probably meet with a no, thank you, I’m already booked.
Yet I don’t want to be a naysayer, and I know that if I say no to everything, I’ll get passed over for something that might be juicier. But passed over isn’t bad, if you happen to be the one still standing at the end of the ritual.