The Time Bandits – Do you know any of these? Do you feel embarrassed or guilty when you waste other peoples’ time? I do.
Time is a priceless and valuable commodity. When it’s gone it’s gone. We don’t get it back.
As Omar Khayyam says in the famous Rubaiyat – “Three things come not back, time spent, the sped arrow and the spoken word”
(More of the last two on another day perhaps)
Are you a victim of Time Bandits?
Increasingly, I become more aware of how disrespectful individuals and organisations can be of other peoples’ time. For me, that is just plain rude!
Let me give you some examples……
- The person who calls me and then keeps me on the phone, while they look things up about what they wanted to speak to me about…
- Or the person who conducts conversations with other people whilst they are on the phone to me. Shouldn’t they have done that all this before they called me?
- The person in a time-limited meeting who talks at length about a personal point or matter, that has no relevance or interest for the wider group.
- HMRC – Anyone trying to get any phones answered by HMRC? If you are not in this category – You are lucky!
- Global logistics firms who have all kinds of fabby, dabby parcel tracking services that can’t even get a parcel to you when they say they will, or keep you informed as to when it will be delivered.
- The person who consistently invites you to their house for dinner and who is always “running late” and is in fact not ever ready for you. (Actually, you know what? Right now, I would be more than happy to be at someone’s house waiting for dinner- but you know what I mean!)
Are you a Time Bandit? Shame On You!
How about the person who agrees to meet for a business meeting, then spends the whole time taking calls. All without any explanation to me, on why this needs to happen in our meeting.
Show good manners
Major high-end supermarkets fail to put on enough staff on peak days so that you are queuing to use even the fast check areas.
The banks who have all our money and yet can’t get to the phone to answer our calls and I know that everyone is experiencing difficulties with the pandemic but when you are told to expect to give up a morning to deal with something with a bank with whom you are a customer – a customer who will be charged for their services.
People who keep you waiting without even apologising or explaining their absence.
Some of these things happen, and some are unavoidable. But when the same people and the same businesses rob you of your time, again and again, it does become hard to bear.
The Art of Mindfulness and remaining calm
Do I need to learn the art of mindfulness, patience, and deep breathing to deal with these situations? Guess what? – I have found profound gratitude for the loudspeaker on my mobile phone.
Don’t be a Time Bandit!