Time Wasters

We’ve all experienced them. — People who waste our time. Whether it is in our business or in our personal lives, we know who you are and YOU know who you are, too!
The question is why do you do it? – And most importantly, why do we allow it?
I’ve asked this question over and over again through the years to many colleagues and  surprisingly the answers differ:

  • I had hoped “this time” would be different…
  • You would think that I after they wasted my time the first time, they wouldn’t try it again!
  • “If” I can just convince them that I have the right product than I know they will sign the contract…
  • They just don’t have money in the budget right now…but next year, maybe…
  • I’ve sent them several proposals and follow up e-mails but….
  • I don’t understand it; they said this was a done deal…
  • I have no idea why this keeps dragging on…
  • I’ve been talking to them for three years and I think they are finally ready to sign…

And Finally…

  • But, they were in such a hurry to get a quote. I can’t believe they haven’t called yet.

STOP it! Save yourself and Move on! — Puleeze!
There is a lot more business out there. Don’t spend your time on time wasters. Spend your time with those who value your time. If you don’t value your time, than why should others?
Sometimes doing a proposal is a time waster. – Learn how to qualify as to whether or not it is worth your while. Do they have a budget? If so how much have they allotted for your services? If they don’t know their budget, politely tell them to let you know when they do. You don’t want to waste your time in not having clear parameters on what you will be working with.

Other Things to Think About

Multiple meetings can be time wasters – Put a limit on them. Make sure you can justify that you are going to get the “right” outcome from your meeting. What do you want from it? Is it an appointment to go to the next step ? If so, what do you want from the next step? Make sure you are in control and not wasting your own time!

If it seems to go to be true…it may or “may not” be! – Of course, miracles can and do happen every day. But, do your background work and trust your gut. Again, anything you can do to save your time from being wasted, do it!

WOYN TIP: If you know you are a time waster, consider how you  feel when someone does this to you. So, the next time you want to waste someone’s time, start wasting YOUR OWN TIME first and let us know us how YOU like it!