How to Say No

Picture this: You’re already swamped with training for a half marathon, planning a bridal shower for your best friend, and keeping up with your (constantly growing) to-do list at work. Then a friend from college calls to see if you can help her move into her new apartment since her moving company bailed on her and she’s desperate for help. Or a coworker asks if you’ll take her place at a trade show that weekend so she and the hubby can flee to the Cape while it’s still warm.

Written by: Susan Johnston
Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer who covers career and lifestyle topics for The Boston Globe, DailyCandy, and Self magazine, among others. You'll find her balancing her laptop and a chai latte at a local coffeeshop or online at