We often think of saying no as this awful thing. Having to turn down an invitation or refusing to give in to kids who want something. The truth is, there are plenty of great reasons to say no that lead to positive outcomes for both you and the person on the other end of it.

You’re Valuing Your Own Time

Have you been asked to do someone else a favor that you don’t really have time for? It’s okay to value your time enough to turn down requests.

You Know You Can’t Fully Commit

If you know you won’t be able to give the other person enough of your time, skills or energy, you may want to consider turning them down when they ask.

Waiting for a Better Opportunity

Turning down a less than stellar job offer means that you’re leaving room for a better yes in the near future. This also ties back into valuing your own time.

Enforcing Boundaries

Some friends, family or coworkers can struggle with respecting the first “no.” Standing your ground can help to reinforce that these limits aren’t always flexible.

Staying On Task

When a coworker asks for help, it can feel like you have to drop everything to assist. Constantly switching tasks will make your own job harder, though.

Prioritize the Right People

If you’re struggling to say no to people, you may find yourself devoting more time to acquaintances than you do to your own loved ones.

Prevent Your Stress from Boiling Over

If you cram your schedule with too many things, you’re not leaving space for decompression and relaxation.

You Can’t Please Everyone

If you know you’re a bit of a people-pleaser, remember that you won’t be able to make everyone happy just by saying yes to every request for your time and energy.

Learn More About Yourself

If you’re always saying yes to social events, it might be tough to know what you’d really want to do if you had your choice. Get out of the habit of automatically agreeing and think about what might make you happiest.

Help Others

Sometimes the other person is asking for help because they don’t have enough confidence in their own skills. Let them try on their own first.