I’ve shared before about the ways we calculate whether or not we are using our time wisely. Today I want to talk about my time and your time.
So, we all know the adage about how we are all given 24 hours a day and how we choose to invest in that time is up to us. Some of us are more efficient at it, and others are not. But, here’s the thing that I’ve noticed recently with my interactions with people that I’ve just had to get off my chest and say:
MY time is just as important as YOUR time.
So, here’s what’s frustrating for me, and probably you as well, is that when I go for an appointment that we have a mutually agreed upon and scheduled, you should not keep me waiting. The typical example would be the doctor’s office where you set an appointment at 11AM and it’s now 12:15PM by the time you get out of the waiting room, but you are now waiting inside the examining room. Seriously? I do not understand that.
I recently had someone schedule an appointment with me. I changed my own calendar around to make this appointment. The very morning of, I get a request to arrive later than what was initially agreed upon because they needed their time to finish something for themselves. I don’t know how to express how angry and frustrated I was about this, and I very clearly let this person know.
It’s not that I resent you taking time to do your stuff, but when you commit with another person and schedule it, but don’t stick to it, you’re showing me that you don’t value the time and effort I give you. Why should I bend over backwards trying to accommodate you when you do not show me the same courtesy?
I think a lot of this comes down to being respectful of each other, but also a reminder that we all have the same amount of time in a day. Yours is not any more precious than mine.
So tell me, am I crazy? Am I the only who gets frustrated by this?