As part of my job, I call and talk with attorneys and their assistants all day. And I’ve observed that it’s never a good time talk. It’s never a good time to do anything.
Here are common responses to my calls.
8 AM: Called too early, not at work yet.
9 AM: At court and cannot talk.
10 AM: Discussing another matter and not available.
11 AM: Left early for lunch.
12 PM: At lunch.
1 PM: Back late from lunch.
2 PM: Took a late lunch so not back yet.
3 PM: Just stepped out, want their voicemail?
4 PM: Had to leave early for the day.
5 PM: Just left for the day.
The stars will never align for the important work to be done. There will always be unexpected traffic, unforeseen cancellations, national injustices, international tragedies, familial strife, personal illness, and lunch. The work will not just happen. There’s never a good time.
Thus, we make time for the important things. We prioritize, set boundaries, and nurture the practice, especially when times are hard. The perfect time to start does not exist, unless we create it.