Monday, 11 August 2014

What Is Your Time Worth?


Last week I went for a meeting with a friend. A scheduled meeting with time, date and venue agreed by all parties. This meeting was very important as we were looking to finalize a production deal for a project we were both working on. We got there in good time and let the receptionist know who we came to see. We were asked to wait, he was in another meeting but would be done shortly.

So we sat and waited. It didn't feel so bad 'cos it gave us time to catch up but no amount of catching up can disguise 30 minutes that became 1 hour and then another. I decided to leave when I realised the meeting may most likely not hold. My friend agreed so we got up and left.

As I drove out,
the gateman stopped us with a message from our contact. He was finally ready for the meeting. I kept right on reversing, made a turn and headed home. I was too pissed and too tired to do anything else. I will never understand Nigerians and our complete disregard for time. It's okay to be stuck in a meeting, things happen, things we cannot control. What is not okay is to assume the other person has time to wait, to waste while we get our acts together. While I can understand how meetings stretch on forever, I felt it was rude not to reschedule or cancel and irrespective of what it looks like, it does show very little respect for time; mine at least.

Incidentally, time is what I have never been able to joke with. I understand it is the only resource I cannot renew. My mortality compounds the situation as I know no matter how hard I try, each day I spend on earth is one day closer to the day I will finally cross to the other side. Being a Project Manager (PM) puts a final nail in the coffin; if you can't run a proper schedule as a PM then you've got a lot of learning to do.

I rarely hang around people who have time they don't know what to do with. If they have no issues wasting theirs, they will definitely waste mine. And while that's okay for those who just want to exist, those who live a conscious, deliberate life cannot do so without respect for time.

©Naomi Lucas
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Naomi Lucas is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos, Nigeria. She’s an Entrepreneur, Youth Development Expert, Media and Communications Advisor, Writer, and an astute Project Manager within Nigeria’s Marketing Communications and Creative industries. She serves as CEO at ECLAT Support Systems, a multi-service business support company with focus in 3 core areas: communications advisory and planning, project advisory, planning and management, and talent design and management. You can find her on Twitter - @msmaikasuwaFacebook -/Nayomie, email- naomi.postsbyemail@gmail.com



2 comments:

Tessa Doghor said...

Hmmm.
Yeah, someone not respecting your time is terrible.

You could have heard him out sha, except maybe the guy is not a decision maker that can make a difference about your bottom-line.

Make concession. Do your due diligence and know the habits of your target audience then pick a day you sacrifice to meet your bottom-line.

Except when there is nothing to lose, then don't even go for the meeting.

Tessa Doghor said...

Hmmm.
Yeah, someone not respecting your time is terrible.

You could have heard him out sha, except maybe the guy is not a decision maker that can make a difference about your bottom-line.

Make concession. Do your due diligence and know the habits of your target audience then pick a day you sacrifice to meet your bottom-line.

Except when there is nothing to lose, then don't even go for the meeting.