YSP career tips for success 10. Knowing when to say no

We continue our theme of balance and finding space for family, friendships and leisure time. Professor Bruce Campbell from the Department of Medicine  of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia. We know one very well known Professor who informs on their out of office that all emails sent during their out of office time will be deleted and emails of importance will need to be sent again after a certain time. If you are in a senior position, this could definitely be a consideration!

10. Knowing when to say no

Over-commitment is a common problem for young stroke professionals. Balancing research and clinical loads is always a challenge and may lead to wasted time spent commuting between different geographic locations for work. Trying to consolidate activities in one or two locations and preferably only one location per day improves efficiency.

But when over-committed, it is important to consider the impact of each new request. 
Is this my core business? 
Will it benefit me or is it a worthwhile altruistic activity? 
If not then saying no is appropriate, albeit often difficult. 
Can you delegate to a more appropriate person? (As a junior this may not be possible). 

Actually saying no requires practice and often feels awkward but has to be done. Reminding people of your family commitments in addition to work, if relevant, often helps them understand.

YSP career tips for success 10. Knowing when to say no Reviewed by Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins on Monday, May 21, 2018 Rating: 5
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