On time, according to The Cambridge English Dictionary, describes something that happens, arrives or gets done when it should and when it is not late. As an individual, being on time implies arriving for meetings, getting to work and meeting your deadline at the appointed time. It entails being prompt when meeting friends, attending a function, paying debts, arriving and leaving places, retiring to bed at night, waking up in the morning and attending lectures is very important. Cultivating such a habit helps you stick to your plan and achieve your objectives. This virtue communicates to others that you are in full control of your time.
While the importance of being on time can vary from one setting to another, and some cultures do not lay emphasis on it, the value of punctuality still has a huge bearing on your life. It allows other to understand how you view yourself and your own life. It thus allows you to stand out.
Why is it important to be on time?
- It strengthens your position; arriving late can stress and shatter you making others question their decision to work with you.
- It shows you respect others’ time; being on time shows others that you respect their valuable time.
- Showing up early makes you reliable. It gives you a positive reputation and others will start relying on your departure to know it is time to leave, say, for a meeting.
- It relieves stress because having to rush simply because you are running late compound the usual stressors of your work.
- Lateness (the opposite of punctuality) strains The guest who has traveled a long distance to meet you feel disrespected, your date feels stressed up and your child feels unloved for
waiting for you for hours.
- Arriving on time, or even earlier, gives you a few additional minutes to think through your position that will give you confidence.
- Since time is money, getting to a business meeting late amounts to stealing something valuable from the others making them less likely to give you anything else.
- Punctuality clears your mind helping you to be creative. Novelty necessitates creating to solve problems and brainstorm.
- It also increases your chances of closing a sale because the other persons will feel treasured and appreciated.
- It communicates your integrity. It creates the impression that to you your time and activities are more important than those of others.
- It is a sign of humility. When you occupy a high-rank position and still do your best to arrive on time, this shows great humbleness.
- Promptness builds your self-worth. It teaches you that you can actually depend on yourself thereby growing your self-esteem.
- Being on time ensures you are always at your very best. After rushing and brushing other people the wrong way along the way, it becomes very difficult to make a positive presentation.
- Timeliness shows discipline. It tells others that you can organize your time and pay attention to detail.
- It fuels your professional success. Many organizations have stringent rules on punctuality. You arrive later a number of times, get a few write-ups and your career is up in smoke.
Arriving for a meeting, fulfilling a promise and meeting deadlines in your workplace play a crucial role in helping you become a successful person. Other people will respect and value your while your posses will be more inclined to assign you roles and give you a promotion. So, even though it takes some level of efforts from you, the end result is worth the sacrifice.
By: Joni Kim