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Is Being Impatient Good for Success? 3 Tips for Making The Most of Your Impatience

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I think one consequence of our modern lives is that we are so used to getting things instantly. If you’re looking to date, you can log onto an app from the comfort of your own home and swipe through options whenever you want. If you want to read a new book, you can download it on your smartphone and be reading it seconds later. We don’t have to wait for much, so when we do find ourselves having to wait, it can be extremely frustrating. But impatience could actually be a good thing for us, at least in terms of success, read on to learn more:

Why Being Impatient Can Be a Good Thing

Being impatient can drive you to want to do things faster and this can lead to faster results in business. If you’re an impatient person, you’re much more likely to follow up with clients and suppliers to ensure things are moving in the right direction. If you start to feel overwhelmed and anxious because your impatience is growing, this could signal that your projects are stagnant and maybe need some reevaluating to move forward.

Likewise if you’re someone who is impatient, there’s a good chance you value time and respect other people’s. You’re less likely to be late to meetings and you’re more likely to keep them short and sweet, sticking to the facts and allowing everyone to move forward faster. In fact, a recent study by promotional retailer 4imprint, discovered that one in ten office workers will get annoyed if a coworker is even five minutes late for their meeting. They also found that third office workers will arrange for any missed deliveries to be resent, instead of collecting them. Almost half of the respondents (41%) said that nothing is more frustrating than wasted time.

If you’re wondering how you can make the most of your impatience, read on:

1. Pay Close Attention
Your impatience can tell you a lot about a situation. If you’re feeling really impatient with a project, despite setting side sufficient time to move forward with it, it might be a sign that something needs to change. If you’re constantly feeling impatient with a colleague, it might be a sign they’re not pulling their weight and you should talk to them about it. Tune into your impatience and see if it can give you any clues about how you can improve things.

2. Ride the Impatience Train

Sometimes I find when I’m just over something and feeling impatient to get it finished, I have a second wind of energy. It’s just like some outside force gives me enough energy and motivation to get the project done once and for all. Likewise sometimes I’m feeling impatient about starting a project, and it gives me a burst of motivation to get going!

3. Less Wasted Time

One of the most challenging for me in a workplace situation, being the impatient person I am, is how much time is wasted. Most meetings could be cancelled or at least cut down, saving precious working hours. When you’re impatient, you’re less likely to indulge in time wasting things because it simply annoys you, allowing for more productivity!

There’s a way that impatience can be really challenging, and that’s if your boss has unreasonable expectations. 10% of survey respondents said that their boss expects instant replies to emails, regardless of when they’re sent. Over 80% said they’re now expected to deliver instant results at work. The independent study was commissioned by the company with findings published in a new report following the growth of its 1-day express delivery service for people with tight deadlines to meet. Using a reliable, fast delivery company is a great way to reduce some of the pressures at work.

Being an impatient person can have some benefits, so make the most of this quirk in your working life.