Don’t dally, get on with it now
I don’t really like waiting unnecessarily. I’m not particularly impatient; it’s the thought of wasting time annoys me. When someone leaves a message for me to call them, I hate it when they don’t answer immediately. If someone emails me, I reply swiftly. So why, when I email people who I know are ‘logged on’, does if take them hours, or even days, to respond. If I’m waiting in a traffic queue, that’s fine if there is a reason. But after 15 minutes, if the road clears and there is no apparent cause of the delay other than ‘sheer volume of traffic’, I find that annoying because of the time wasted. I suppose I’m old enough to learn to ‘chill out’ and accept these situations. But I can’t. Time is precious and I’m a firm believer in getting on with it. I suppose it stems from my early days as a journalist. I worked on a small weekly newspaper in a Fenland market town. The paper appeared every Friday, and went to press on a Thursday afternoon. After two weeks in the job I was told by the editor to attend the local Royal British Legion annual meeting on a Thursday night. It started at 7.30pm and usually lasted about three hours. I suggested to my editor that I would ‘write it up’ on Friday. He pushed his specs to the end of his nose and looked over them at me. “I think you need to come into the office after the meeting and write it before you go home,” he said. “But it’s Thursday and too late for this week’s paper,” I protested. “If you go home and meet with an accident and die, I’ll have a hole to fill. Get it done straightaway,” he barked. He had a point, if not a pleasant one! And I guess it taught me a lesson. ‘Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today’, is the saying, and I think something I have unwittingly adopted throughout my life!
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