Another technique that works: if you know you don't have time to do something don't say you can't. Just says yes, don't do it and then say you didn't have the time.
It shouldn't work - people should respect you for being honest and upfront but they don't.
I don't think people like refusing time off to be honest.
I've been told "no" more than once only to have line managers reconsider later, or at least try to accommodate some of the days I requested.
Not me. My attention might have been drawn to it though.
I'm not going to answer it at all - my relationships are none of your business.
Happy though, you? I'd like to believe you but your presence on multiple forums and other forms of social media suggest otherwise.
No, I think you'll find that's you, actually.
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