Tactfully declining an invitation

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

I am a busy working mom, never having any time to myself. I have lots of acquaintances and friends, and am invited out fairly frequently. I just don’t have the time, money or energy to attend everything and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. How do I tactfully decline an invitation?

A good way to start is to prioritize events and people in your life leaving room for a balance of work, family, relationships, recreation and personal time. What this does for you, is it clarifies how much time you have to devote to each area and possibly a filter for how you can honestly express your responses.

You might find that you want to spend time with certain people, however if it is not convenient immediately. In this case, maybe you could set a date in the future. What we find is that we all need things to look forward to; to renew our energy and connect us to what we find important. When you are honest with people in a thoughtful manner, you will find that they respond in kind.

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