My favorite way to test someone’s patience, sense of urgency and focus is to drop something non-essential.
Perhaps I’ll drop a pen or a piece of paper or a hair tie. And then I’ll continue doing what I was doing.
There are 3 types of people:
Those that will immediately dive to pick up whatever I dropped, usually interrupting the flow of conversation by commenting on the dropped object.
Those that will wait a beat, pick it up and place it near me, silently.
Those that will wait until I pick it up for myself.
Why do I do this?
I want to know what level of patience, ability to handle chaos and focus I’m dealing with. This helps me have more realistic expectations for that person when it comes to recommendations I may make for their betterment.
Someone who immediately dives to pick up the object, may not be well-suited for a group activity at the start. They may need more help focusing on themselves at first.
Someone who ignores the object completely may need guidance in being more observant of their environment.
What type are you? Why?
I suggest trying it out. See what happens.