Are you contemplating things that happened in the past? Are you focusing on what is happening in the moment? Or are you planning your future?
Time Orientation: Past, Present or Future
Past-oriented: You are able to access previous experiences with ease. You tend to be focused on the past and find it challenging to plan and deal well with change. You maybe critical of new ideas and proposals, reflecting on other times similar ideas didn’t work.
Present-oriented: You are very oriented in the present moment. You may tend to get completely immersed in what you are doing at any given time. The extreme scenario is you may not consider the past or future at all, limiting your perspective.
Future-oriented: You are really good at planning. If you are on the extreme end of this continuum, you focus primarily on the future, often leading to shortsightedness from not referencing past learning.
For rapport building and communication that will create a deeper understanding, use the same time references as your client.