As I sit in my London office waiting to coach Marian, a PR consultant, I am wondering as to why, if I am on time, she is not. We have the same 24 hours in the day, we both have very busy diaries and I wouldn’t dream of keeping her waiting as that would be disrespectful. But she consistently fails to arrive for our meetings on time.
When she eventually turns up, she is profusely apologetic with countless reasons as to why she is late, but it is now getting to the point where I am really disinterested in her reasons. All I know is that she is ruining my schedule for the day and, realistically, there is no reason why this should be happening.
Marion then tells me that she hasn’t completed a piece of work that I had given her to do from last week. She tells me, ‘I had forgotten that my children had to be collected from dance school and then the computer crashed and I couldn’t do it!. I am really sorry!’ I had to swallow hard listening to her excuses and obvious procrastination. I asked as to why she didn’t plan this task earlier into her week and again came another
round of reasons why she couldn’t and didn’t.
Of course, Marion is not alone in her poor time-keeping habits but if she is to be successful in business, then she is going to have to take some hard decisions in her life and make some real changes.
Time and Stress
In reality, of course, we cannot manage time, we can only manage ourselves and our
relationship with time. But if we are to be taken seriously then we must be aware of the timetables of others and our ability to either respect those time-schedules or to ignore them. If we ignore them, it is not only discourteous but can cause real problems, for most of us are a scheduled link in the daily lives of others and if we break the link then they have to run harder to reconnect it further on. And that is to unnecessarily increase the workload and the pressure for everyone. Continue reading