Do you wonder if there’s any value in arriving on time to your appointments and meetings? Have you ever given thought as to why it’s important for you to be on time to professional and personal engagements?
Punctuality, or the state of being on time, is a skill that’s highly underutilized in today’s world. This skill goes beyond arriving on time to classes as a college student or arriving on time to work as an adult. Punctuality touches every aspect of your life, from arriving on time to yearly family reunions, to catching the bus every weekday morning.
You’ll respect your schedule.
Think carefully about the schedule you’ve created for yourself. You can work from home on Wednesdays, pick up your kids from school, and go out for a weekly run with your best friend on Saturdays.
You’ve put in a ton of energy and effort to ensure your schedule is just the way you’d like it to be. You’ve worked so hard to make your schedule work seamlessly; why would you even consider throwing that all away?
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens when you arrive late to appointments and meetings. You end up sabotaging your carefully crated calendar. Don’t forget, you’ve spent countless hours making phone calls, sending text messages, replying to emails, and setting meeting requests online.
When you are tardy, these carefully-laid plans literally end up in the trash. You’ve effectively wasted time setting up your schedule, wasted opportunities to meet and interact with others, and will waste time in future correcting all of your time management mistakes.
You’ll respect others’ time.
Ever hear of the saying, “Respect is a two way street?” You can put your best foot forward on that busy street by being punctual to meetings with other people. And in case you were wondering, arriving late to meetings isn’t just about arriving several minutes late. It has a direct impact on your relationship with other people. Your actions truly speak volumes about how you respect and treat other people.
Any lateness has a major impact on others’ time and schedules. Your inability to arrive on time means other people will suffer in their daily routine. It’s almost the physical equivalent of you saying to someone, “I don’t care about you or your schedule.” Your lateness means other people will have to readjust their plans. They’ll be inconvenienced and may even feel annoyed, frustrated, or angry by your actions.
And don’t for one minute think the person with whom you’re dealing is the only one affected by your tardiness. Other people will suffer too…guaranteed!
Consider the following scenario. Let’s say you arrive late to a meeting with a teacher. Because of your lateness, their schedule is compromised, and they in turn end up late for their class. Their students will get cheated out of valuable instruction time with their teacher. Those same students will end up being late for their next set of school activities and exercises.
You’ll save money.
You work hard for your money, so why would you even consider letting those dollars fly out of your wallet as a result of some forgetfulness or inattentiveness on your part?
Do you let dollar bills fly out out of your pocket when you’re walking down the street or do you toss coins into sewer gratings at every intersection? Of course you don’t!
In case you hadn’t realized it yet, there’s great value in being punctual when it comes to your financial affairs. By being on time with bill payments and the like, you won’t incur costly late fees or overdue charges.
Making payments well in advance of due dates may not seem like much when it comes to one or two instances. But the truth is adding several small penalties, fines, add-ons, or extras can quickly spiral into the hundreds, and even thousands of dollars!
Over time, these small amounts can exponentially add up after several weeks, months, and years. What’s more, you may end up forking over even more money because of compounded interest for various personal, professional, and household accounts.
Here are some real-world situations that can end up costing you lots of money if you’re not careful with your time management skills:
- Making a late credit card payment
- Paying an overdue invoice
- Paying an overdue parking ticket
- Making a late payment on your rent or mortgage
- Making a late payment on property storage fees for vehicles, equipment, and personal belongings
- Paying for a rush job on a professional service, such as at a printer’s or baker’s
- Paying for overnight shipping or rush overnight delivery of packages and goods
If that’s not enough to get you thinking seriously about your finances, you can also look at things from another angle. If you’re not punctual in the processing of your postal mail, household finances, and more, you may end up losing valuable chunks of money!
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You’ll get what you want, sooner.
Everyone loves to get what they want, when they want it. When that’s not possible, the next best thing is to get what you want, sooner. And guess what? If you arrive on time to appointments and meetings, then you can get what you want that much sooner.
Think about it for a moment: while we can’t control a lot of things in life, we can control ourselves. We can also control our actions.
When you take the time to work on something important to you, be it filing an application, posting a package in the mail, or requesting information from an organization in a timely fashion, you’ll be more likely to receive your desired outcome, sooner. For example, if you’ve scheduled a lunchtime meeting with a long-lost friend, arriving on time to the restaurant will ensure you’ll see them sooner, rather than later.
Another added bonus to this approach is that it frees up space in your mind. You no longer have to worry about accomplishing a task later because, guess what, you’ll have already completed the task! You’re effectively putting yourself in the driver’s seat; no more delays and no more procrastinating. You can cross the task off of your to-do list and move on to other important items in your day.
This technique is oh-so simple, but it works. And all it takes is a little bit of focus. Do your best to prioritize your daily tasks, eliminate those distractions while you work, and get things done during the day. By focusing on what you can control, as opposed to what you can’t, you’ll be one step closer towards your goal.