I have spoken before about how important it is to be on time, even though I have been guilty myself of being late. Does that mean I only say it is important but don’t really believe it? Not at all. It means that sometimes life takes hold and I am no longer in control of my day. Sometimes this happens several days running and it seems all of my deadlines, commitments and appointments have been dumped into a giant shaker jar and out they tumble in any order but the proper one.
Frustrating? You bet. So what can I do differently? Well, planning only goes so far. As the saying goes, “life is what happens when you are making other plans.” So how do I deal with situations where I have made other people “hurry up and wait?” Words – lots of them. People just need information. You can be forgiven many things if you have an honest explanation of why the situation is not what they expected. Apologies are good too. Acknowledge that sometimes life gets ahead of you. I haven’t met a person yet that hasn’t had that experience.
If you are lucky, the next time you have to hurry up and wait, someone else will afford you the same curtesy.