10 Phrases That Will Make You More Efficient

Included in the list of topics I write lists about are quotes. Any time I hear an exceptional one I will email it to myself or enter it into my Evernote account to save for later.  My favorite personal quote is one that I’ve borrowed from Oprah — “You Become What You Believe.”  Isn’t that an amazing quote? I love it because it’s so true.  If you think you can do something — you can!

Another believer in quotes is Meggin McIntosh who hosted my list-making teleseminar last January. She’s extremely productive and helps people to do the same with her vast knowledge. These aren’t quotes that famous people have said but they are extremely helpful in allowing you to do your job well.

A List of 10 Phrases & Statements to Remember

by Meggin McIntosh | The Ph.D. of Productivity™

A number of statements and phrases are worth remembering in your quest to be more productive. Consider the following 10 (and in most instances, after you make the statement – stop talking.) These aren’t questions. They are statements:

1. “No, but thanks for asking.”

2. “Not now.”

3. “Let me get back to you after I’ve checked on a few things.”

4. “I am busy right now, but let’s schedule a time to meet or to talk by phone.”

5. “Let me verify some details with you about this project, request, or meeting.”

6. “I want to clarify my conditions, parameters, and/or constraints, so that we are both in agreement.”

7. “I am not the right person for this, and here is a suggestion of who might be.”

8. “I cannot agree to the whole task, but I can agree to take on one part.”

9. “No, I simply can’t say ‘Yes’.” (This is my personal favorite).

10. “I can easily say ‘Yes’ to this because I know exactly what it entails.”

Say one or more of these in the next day or so (maybe even today!) and see what happens. Be clear on your intent to be more productive.

Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. (also known as “The Ph.D. of Productivity”™) has MANY lists of tips that you can access FREE at www.TopTenProductivityTips.com and www.KeepingChaosatBay.com.

11 replies
  1. Ang
    Ang says:

    This is great! I am currently in a little “situation” with the man I rent my spare room to here at my house, and he’s difficult to talk to, so there are MANY lines on this list that will help me tremendously! Thanks!!! I like most of these lists, very helpful and great reminders!!! I’ve always been a compulsive list maker – well taught by my mother, who was taught by her mother, etc. etc…it’s a hereditary sort of habit I guess! 🙂


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