hi! how are you?
how many times we come across the people saying sorry for being late either for meeting, work, gathering, date or class? and how many times of a year do we actually say those words when we are late? plenty of time i must say because tardiness is part of our way of life. then to make it more juicy, we made up excuses or reasons why we are late-traffic jam being the no.1 reason why we are late!
there are specifically 4 reasons for impunctuality:-
false sense of superiority when we no longer feel ashamed or guilty for being late taking over somebody else's time waiting for us. take the high ranking people for example; be it in a company or politician. the event won't start until they come and usually, it is not awhile, boy, do they made us waiting! well, waiting for few minutes is fine but hours is just too much, don't you think? have respect for other people's time in order to make people respect yours! the same principle applies to friends and family gathering also.
Lack of planning
time planning seems like an alien. well, we can plan our money, time etc. why is it any differ with planning to avoid tardiness? for example you have a high school gathering this weekend at a hotel. plan which route will you take? what time should you leave the house? what is the alternative if you cannot drive straight away to the hotel? PLAN,PLAN,PLAN! it really helps!
We take on TOO MUCH
there's a saying "it is better to make 10 promises and keep 9, than to make 100 promises and keep 8" how did that happen? usually when we having problem of saying NO when someone asked us to do a favour. learned to say No sometimes to things you know you cannot do or do not have time to do when someone asked for your help. it's hard but you not only helping yourself but the person as well. remember one thing, you can't pleased everybody, you might as well just try to please yourself :p
Most people are not punctual
when asking people about time on their watch, they will give different time-be it late 5 minutes or early 10 minutes...the answers will be vary as there is no precise watch available in the world to tell us exactly what time is it. that's lead to impunctuality in ourselves especially those who bemoan tardiness. bad drivers are the first to say they drive well. it goods for the confidence though but don't overdo it or you might harm other road users and yourself.
so there you have it! the four reasons for impunctuality. why should we bother to change as most people are impunctual by nature! tardiness is an attitude. it can be change. the advantages of being punctual are:-
- you get more out of each day
- less stressed;planning your route to avoid traffic jams at peak hours
- accomplish most of what you set out to do
- indicator of a successful people and a developed nation ie Japan
- gain self-respect and respect from the others
so, let's be the start and try to be punctual. wish sayonara to statement "Sorry, I'm Late" out of your mind :D