These people don’t send ‘let’s make a plan soon’ emails, ring for a chat or talk about being busy. They only call from the car. When you do see them (which is not that often), they are always on time and good company, because they are not thinking: “Should I be doing something else right now?”
Doctors on call, project managers during a crisis, the sleepers in the Bourne series. PBs need to be contactable wherever, whenever. They can’t be separated from their smartphones, though they rarely speak on them except to say, “I’ll have to call you back.” PBs make you feel anxious and generally let you know they should be somewhere else important. They eat standing up and gallop down escalators.
They are up and energetic, brief and decisive on the phone (in the background you can hear the clacking of a keyboard or running water – these people are multitasking hard). They love to make a plan and will typically offer to go the extra distance (“No, let me pick it up – it’s only half an hour out of my way”). They also have no idea they are busy – this is just “life”, and they thrive on it.
NOT BUSY, DISORGANISED
Always short of breath on the phone, usually late, often in the middle of some drama involving loss of keys or muddling up dates. Quite capable of describing a manicure booking as a “logistical nightmare”. The impression the NBD gives is one of manic busyness, but on closer examination, you discover that while a lot is going on, it’s mostly crisis management, faffing and a lot of sharing.
ABs can’t make a plan for next week until they know how busy they are going to be, even when there is little chance anything will change. They always say they are busy, even when they are actually about to get in the bath. They panic if they have two social engagements in a row and will almost certainly cancel one. Don’t ask them why they can’t commit to X or Y. They feel “really busy”, that’s why.
London lad, loving life and all that it has to offer.