The client approached me on Thursday afternoon at 3 pm to assist with a project that HAD to be done by Monday. Keep in mind this was something that should be 2-3 weeks of work. I understood the urgency and despite the timeline, wanted to do my best to meet it. We met on Thursday and I promised to have an initial mock up the following day.
Me: Let’s meet to discuss changes tomorrow. Does 1 pm work?
Client: Can’t do that I wanna go see my mom. Has to be 830 am
Me: Uh… that gives me like 1 hour to work on it. Let’s plan another day
Client: No! You must make it work!
Me: Pick another time then.
Client: 3 pm.
Me: I’ll send everything over just after noon for you to review and we can meet at 3 and discuss any changes.
Client: No need to meet. I need to proof by myself I’ll let you have feedback by this afternoon.
Client: I haven’t had time to give feedback yet. I’ll have it tomorrow morning.
The next morning (Saturday) at 11 am:
Me: hey how’s it looking?
Client: It will be this afternoon before I can check.
Client: I have many changes.
Me: OK, send them over and we can discuss what needs to be changed. I can probably meet you in the office tomorrow (Sunday) with an updated version if need be.
Client: Nope. I don’t want to send you changes until in person.
Me: OK. So tomorrow at 9 am?
Client: No! I have church.
Me: So when?
Client: 3 pm after church and family time.
Me: …Can you at least go ahead and send the list you made so I can start looking into it?
Client: Fine. By the way you are going to have to stay late at the office tomorrow because I will be gone all week on vacation and this MUST be done before I leave.
Me: (hating my life)
Two hours later:
Me: Hey, have you sent that list yet so that I can get started?
Client: No. I will bring it with me to tomorrow’s meeting. I want to make sure I sit beside you when you go to make changes so I can tell you what I want.
Me: (primal screaming into the night)