Whether you’re dealing with a co-worker, family member or friend, it can be very frustrating when someone repeatedly cancels, shows up late or even fails to show up at all when you have plans. While plans sometimes need to be altered due to legitimate last-minute emergencies and changes, no one should be expected to repeatedly put up with having their time wasted. The good news is that you do not have to allow people to treat you disrespectfully. Here are a few ways that you can get those around you to respect your time.
Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Doing this is not only a good habit to practice in order to get more done, it shows others that you value your time.
Learn to say “No.” Many of us are in the habit of saying “Yes” every time someone asks for a favor, but this can quickly lead to burnout and cut into a lot of your time. It’s okay to say “no!” Other people’s problems do not have to be your priorities.
Be respectful of other people’s time. Leading by example lets others know that time is important to you and that you expect the same treatment you’re giving them. Be punctual, call when you’re going to be late and treat others the way you want to be treated.
Don’t put up with people who don’t respect your time. If someone in your life repeatedly cancels plans with you, shows up late or otherwise imposes on you, let them know that you’re not going to stand for it. People can only treat you poorly if you let them. If nothing you say changes their rude behavior, you may simply have to stop making plans with them.
You can’t always make people respect your time. But you can always choose how to react to other people’s behavior.