Are you a man or woman of your word?
If yes, then you know that punctuality is a symbol of trustworthiness and respect. It’s keeping your word.
Dale Carnegie once said, “if you want to win friends and influence people, be prompt.”
Punctuality is the mark of a true professional. It conveys dependability, professionalism, organized thinking, and a care and concern for others.
Some of the most successful people in history (i.e. Steve Jobs, Gandhi, and George Washington) adhered to the discipline of punctuality and expected it of others.
Tardiness looks disorganized, unprofessional, unreliable, and reveals an apathetic attitude.
Every time you are late, it sends a message to employers, colleagues, clients, friends, or family that your time is more valuable than theirs. Everyone is busy. “I’ve just got so much on my plate,” isn’t a valid excuse.
For those who consistently struggle with being on time, punctuality is a habit that needs to be developed through planning and better organization. To start, always allow an extra 15 minutes to get to your destination. In doing so, you can adjust and get familiar with the setting. You are also giving yourself the gift of putting your best self forward.
For social gatherings (i.e. dinners or parties), arrive on time so as not to impose on your host (who might be rushing to finish up some last-minute preparations). And please, don’t take advantage of your host’s generosity by running too late. If you’re always late, you might stop getting invited!
PRO-TIP: If circumstances are truly beyond your control, call as soon as possible to apologize and give an estimated time of arrival.
Make punctuality a priority in your life.
We promise it will make a big difference in how you feel and how you are perceived!
What are your thoughts about the importance of being on time?