People either think Emma is an inconsiderate laggard or they shrug off her chronic difficulty making transitions, give her lavish time cushions, and judge her based on anything but punctuality.
There's a key difference between people who become irritated with Emma and those who share Emma's inability to segue from one thing to the next. The first group has what is known as a monochronic time sense. They see time as fixed, rigid and absolute. On the other side of the spectrum, folks who are polychronic see time as loose and elastic. Any moment, to a polychrone, is capable of holding many things. Which of these descriptions (borrowed from anthropologist Edward T. Hall) fits you best? See below, or take the quiz!
- Do one thing at a time.
- View time commitments as critical.
- Are committed to jobs (projects and tasks).
- Adhere religiously to plans.
- Emphasize promptness, always.
- Are accustomed to short-term relationships.
- Do many things at once and are highly distractible.
- View time commitments as objectives.
- Are committed to people and relationships.
- Change plans often.
- Base promptness on the significance of the relationship.
- Have a strong tendency to build lifelong relationships.