You are back at work, hampered by internet applications that tend to block other people’s desire or capability to return data to you; you need that information and you want it now. How can you possibly complete the project if you don’t have that data that is already one-week over-due?

You find yourself agitated, sweaty, and thinking all sorts of nasty thoughts. Why can’t people just do their part?!

An impatient person is not looked upon kindly by their peers. You can be seen as impulsive, rude, and arrogant. Others will do their best to stay out of your impatient way.

What’s the next step to manage impatience?

Before you attempt to unfold the reasons for your impatience, take a breath. A deep, slow breath. Do this as many times as necessary to calm your heart rate and slow down your blood pressure.

Do things more slowly than usual. The slower you work, the easier to get out of this dangerous mood. Act ‘as if’ you are a patient person. The more you act ‘as-if’, the easier to be it.

What you need to avoid is becoming angry at any and every one. Impatience can easily turn into anger if not monitored.

You are now at a place where you can choose – choose to be patient or impatient.

Have a chat with the person who is late getting you the important data you need. Be calm and determine if they need more help; or are they just afraid of you?

Remember, your impatience doesn’t move others to faster action.

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Joanne Victoria