How to get out of things you don't want to do

9 February 2018
Comments: 4
Category: Podcast
9 February 2018, Comments: 4

And so it begins…

Your neighbor casually mentions an upcoming party and you respond that it sounds like a great time.  Next thing you know, your family is responsible for bringing the macaroni salad to an all-day party in the community park.  And you hate macaroni salad!

We’ve all found ourselves committed to events that either sounded like a good idea at the time but something came up, or that we were roped into against our will. Now what?

So to help you get out of this pickle, we’ve got a step-by-step guide to help you gracefully bow out and and back to what you had planned in the first place.

 

Push Play!

4 responses on “How to get out of things you don’t want to do

  1. Jeff Chance says:

    That was a hilarious Podcast!

    I agree that time is a precious commodity. Three things:

    1. It is okay to genuinely say “Thank you! We/I will not be able to be there. We have plans for family time.”
    2. When I have an event, I leave an open invitation like this “We have this ‘Get-To-Gather’ in two weeks. You are all invited if you can make it, but if not, we completely understand!” Leaving your friends without pressure to commit. When your friends hear this from you, they may follow the same pattern and not leave us in a situation where we feel we need to attend (guilt).
    3. I love this topic because with our busy work schedules, family time is most important.

    Just some thoughts.

    • Emily Borja says:

      Jeff! We are so happy we are making you laugh a little! Yes, a genuine thanks but no thanks always works! Thanks for your comments we love them!!

  2. Dori Nottingham says:

    I’m all about not giving an excuse. It seems the guilt seems to come when the time comes and you do have nothing going on.. There is never a problem with just saying no. ” Sounds fun or interesting but I’m unable to attend.” STOP, SAY NO MORE! They won’t ask questions typically if you are sincerely interested in them as a person.

    • Emily Borja says:

      Dori, honesty is the best policy, we are having some fun with it and just in case you get stuck in the future you’ve got some good excuses to fall back on! Thanks for your comment!

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