24 Hour Policy

This topic applies to a lot of things in life. Everyone should really consider taking a day to calm themselves, clear their heads and then respond. Just like everything, it is a practice. So take a deep breathe, listen and do your best.

My colleague was the one who actually said the term 24 hour policy to me. You receive an email or have a disagreement that brings up a lot of emotion and you break away to allow that to cool down before you respond, by giving it 24 hours. Or maybe you are someone who says to sleep on it.

I have been thinking about this concept a lot lately and seeing how much it can be applied. My museum career has much to do with customer service. In customer service, you see the best and the worst in people, and unfortunately more often the latter. It is important to practice listening, patience and thoughtfulness. You can not lose your cool, even it you get the sense that the person is not being logical and making you feel attacked.

I also have been trying to use this more in my relationship. Things lately are tough, he feels a lot of pressure with work and with ADHD he hyper focuses on it. We have argued a fair amount over the last 3 weeks, but I am trying to sleep on things before bringing them up again. I asked him to do the same and we are going to sit and chat today about how to relieve the tension we have been feeling recently.

I feel like it has more to do with not feeling loved because of time not spent on the relationship. It is not just him not being too busy, but also me neglecting to just ask for him to please sit at the dinner table with me. I need to ask for help and attention more, but it is a little scary to open yourself up like that sometimes.

What would you do with a 24 hour policy in your life?

One thought on “24 Hour Policy

  1. Hudson Mark says:

    Excellent idea. I have a bad habit of getting tight into it,, when an argument starts no matter how small or insignificant. This is usually counterproductive, but to apply the 24 rule might help it shrink to its actual size, and just go away, instead of fester and create more issues. .

    Gonna give it a try, can’t hurt.

    Thanks for the eye opener.

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