Respect Other People’s Time

We respect other people’s time when we learn to value it as much as our own. Even better, we can get to a point where we won’t distinguish between our time and the time of others.

When you interrupt someone while he/she is otherwise engaged, show that you respect his/her time by saying “Sorry to interrupt you. Is this a good time to talk?”

Another way to respect other people’s time is not to linger. If the other person is not very responsive, it may be a sign that he/she is busy and is eager to get back to work. Be sensitive to the other person’s responsiveness or lack thereof as a cue. Many people will not explicitly tell you they are busy because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.

Always ask yourself, “When is the best time to ask this person for help with this request?” The key here is that by respecting other people’s time, you actually increase your own productivity.

Don’t waste people’s time. If you make plans or have obligations at a certain time, then be on time; others make their plans based on you being on time. Do not have people waiting on you, that’s disrespectful. It gives the appearance that you think that you are more important than the other person/people involved and that they simply can wait.

Summing-up: Time is a precious commodity, and we need treat other people’s time as valuable as our own.

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