For years I have prided myself on being responsive, answering many messages within 24-48 hours if not sooner. People would say I am typically very available.
But much of the world isn’t good at this. It’s more common not to receive timely responses than to receive them. Frustrating.
But being responsive can be a curse too. Are you …
Training People to HAVE Unrealistic Expectations of YOU?
Be highly responsive, and others may come to expect it. They will notice when you are NOT, and may become disappointed, assume the wrong thing, or check to see if something is wrong, which may feel intrusive.
Training Yourself to Have Unrealistic Expectations of Others?
Highly responsive people can become prideful and feel rather superior to those who are not (even though they might not admit it out loud.)
Finding it hard to Re-train Yourself?
If you’ve become your own worst over-responsive enemy, your fear of disappointing others or of becoming overwhelmed may make it hard to give yourself grace, develop a new rhythm, and educate people about your new approach.