I believe there should be a special place reserved in hell for flaky individuals. Flaky folks don’t realize that their negligence/lack of organization/failure to pay attention to detail/laziness can derail a person’s day. Or week. Or life! For the record, I try to remove individuals from my life who regularly screw it up via their flakiness, but some individuals—like family—cannot be ejected. The worst thing about flaky people is that they usually aren’t malicious or outwardly cruel. They’re flaw, in fact, stems from a lack of positive qualities rather than an abundance of negative ones. They lack organizational skills. They lack focus. They lack perspective (like the perspective to realize you could have made other plans if you knew they were going to flake at the last minute). But even though they’re typically clueless, they’re still intolerable. Here are the worst habits of flaky people.
Giving time frames
“Let’s say we’ll meet up somewhere in the 1pm to 5pm range? Yeah? Great.” Oh terrific. So I can just keep a four-hour window open so that you can show up for, realistically, one hour of that. Of course, if I make other plans then, of course, they’ll be during the hour you wanted to hang.