One of the toughest parts about being busy and working with lots of people is the, "Oh, one more thing..." when you're on your way out the door. Usually, whatever it is turns out to be relevant and important, yet you can get "one more thing'ed" to death if you always take these.
There's no great solution. Sometimes saying, "Gotta head out now. Urgent?" is the right way, other times listening is correct. Maybe best of all is to stop it from happening by addressing key stuff earlier in conversations.
And also -- though it's probably underrated as advice because it doesn't sound glamorous -- making a clean exit seems to hold this down. Once you say you're going, just head out immediately, or potentially face a bunch of one more things.
It took me far too long to learn this lesson, and it cost me a considerable amount of money, time, and aggravation.
If there's something you don't want to do, there's just about two good strategies for dealing with it:
Strategy #1: Understand the consequences of not doing it, and decide against doing it the first time you see it.
When you live in China as a foreigner, you're supposed to register at the police station within 24 hours of your arrival. While it's not particularly time-consuming (15 minutes max), it meant breaking up a day to walk to the station, paperwork, etc.
I did research on what would happen to me if I didn't register, and it turns out there's lots of local jurisdiction / judgment on it. The area I was living, a moderately foreigner-populated upscale part of the Chaoyang Business District, turned out to almost always issue a warning instead of fining you. Your registration info wasn't checked when you left the country, and it wasn't necessary for 99% of daily activities.
Oh, damn it. What was I gonna write about again?
Don't know if this has ever happened to you... but I've been mulling over topics for the "next" blog post for the past week, and I had some good ones... but now when I sit down to write, it's all as if it never were.
Ain't that the damnedest thing.
Hmm... okay, well. Here's something I've been wanting to express for a while:
Back a few years ago, I taught people how to make money online.