Nope and I have told friends that are chronically late that what they are saying is their time is much more valuable than mine. Good post.
Sometimes reasons sound more like excuses. Think about it – when a friend is late meeting you, wouldn’t you rather hear: “I’m sorry I’m late” than a lame litany of the phone calls, traffic lights, and carpet wrinkles that slowed her down? The same is true when there is a request to impose on your time or resources. Often the request comes at that end of a sentence that starts out with the red-flag words “Now that.” Such as Now that you’re retired, or Now that the kids are out of the house, or Now that you’re so good at. If the request is unwelcome, a simple “I’m not able to assist with that” or “I’m not available” is sufficient – you don’t need to provide a reason or create an excuse. Remember: