With the fast pace of life these days, it is common to find ourselves not doing certain activities or that we keep delaying everything in our schedule because of something unforeseen or bad time management with the previous activities. Many people even stop paying attention and lose track of time, making them constantly late to their appointments. Other people know they are never on time and decide to continue being late, believing it is a symbol of their importance.
We really don’t consider that time is the only resource that we cannot get back and its unpredictable nature makes it our most valuable resource. No one knows how much time we have left to live and if we did know exactly how much time we had left we would probably do things very differently. This is why we have to modify our attitude towards time and start valuing not only our time but also the time of the people around us and of those that interact with us.
Some important reasons to consider are:
Respect: arriving on time shows the respect you have for each person, everyone has a schedule, activities, and commitments. When you arrive on time it shows that you respect and value each person and that the commitment you have with that person is important, no matter whether it’s personal or professional.
Humility: making others wait is not a sign of importance, you should not be arrogant, it is better to be humble and accept that your time is as valuable as that of others.
Selfishness: most of us have many pending tasks that affect the activities that follow, it is selfish to only think of ourselves and to not take into account what other people stopped doing in order to be able to meet with you.
Organization: being punctual is a clear signal of being organized, arriving late someplace or having to wait for someone who is not punctual delays the rest of your activities for that day and will create a domino effect for the rest of your day.
Trust: Failing to arrive for a commitment you agreed to affects your credibility with others and soon leads to questioning how trustworthy you are in other aspects of your life. Trust is very valuable, especially at work, and it is a key factor when it’s time to decide whether or not you should or should not get an increase in your responsibilities.
Remember that these reasons apply not only to professional or work commitments, you can also find them in personal or relationship situations. We know it is difficult to change a habit. But here we give you 10 tips to begin being more punctual.
1. Recognize you have a problem being on time:
As with any problem, the first step to arrive at a solution is to accept it.
2. Set your watch ahead:
This can be a short-term solution, but it will help you take those first steps as it gives you a bit of a time margin instead of running in to each commitment.
3. Be organized:
Create a routine and leave each item in its place, you will stop wasting time looking for important items and you will have more clarity in your activities.
4. Analyze your daily routine:
Closely review your routine and analyze in which activities or during which moments during the day you are wasting time. This way, it will be easier to stay alert and reduce them in order to make room for other important things.
5. Be realistic:
Plan your activities, routes, and don’t forget to leave room for unforeseen things that come up day to day, these two last ones normally are overlooked, but it’s where we use up and waste the most time.
6. Plan your day the night before:
This can be hard at first, but the more you try, you will start perfecting it and will be able to take control of your time.
7. Go to sleep early:
Respect your sleep time, give your body the necessary rest and you will feel full of energy and will be more productive in your daily activities.
8. Place your alarm clock far away:
Be careful that you don’t place it so far that you don’t hear it, but getting up to turn it off will activate your body and since you’re standing up it will be easier to make yourself begin your activities.
9. Expect the unexpected:
Take precautions and if you have to commute to a commitment leave early enough to have a time cushion so that you will avoid being late.
10. Be aware of the traffic:
Try to use the hours of the day in your favor, avoid getting into traffic during rush hour and use apps to find the best route to your destination.
These are some suggestions to start with, see which ones work better for you and are easier to adopt, and work on the rest little by little, create a new routine and share with the people around you the importance of being on time and demanding punctuality.