- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 19 April 2017
- Written by KAAN JON BOZTEPE | STAFF WRITER
Punctuality is what separates those who are in the minor leagues and those who are in the major leagues. To be punctual is to be properly on time and prompt. Being late is not only rude to those waiting for you, but makes it appear that you have poor self-control. Distractions, disorganization, laziness, and lack of focus all correlate to those who consistently end up being late. Luckily, there is hope for all of you out there, as long as you pay close attention to these tips.
Know the reason you want to be punctual; make your goal crystal clear. To become punctual, you must make it habitual to your daily routine and then stick with your new lifestyle.
Being on time will lessen your stress of running late and reduce the bad energy between yourself and your co-workers by arriving promptly.
To become punctual, you must know how long the tasks you do on a regular basis take. If you have work at say 8 a.m., you must plan an appropriate time to sleep, to wake up, have your clothes that you would like to wear the next day planned, breakfast ready, and a driving route that will guarantee you will be 10 to 15 minutes early as a precautionary action. How long does it take you to brush your teeth?
How long does it take you to do your hair? These small tasks add up and you must plan accordingly.
Adjunct biology professor, Kelly Zimmerman, shared her view stating, “There is no big secret to being punctual though I think a big part of it is respecting the people you are supposed to meet with. Their time is as valuable as yours and it’s rude to keep people waiting.”
Recording all of your appointments, taking note of how long each task approximately takes, and of course, having time for yourself as well helps in managing one’s time. Being punctual will help you save time due to your new organization skills that will help you complete your tasks earlier.
But the key to this plan is to follow it, so don’t drag on with a task when it’s time to leave.
Rather than working longer than you have scheduled, save your work, take a deep breath, and schedule to finish your work on a later date and plan it.
Sabina Graziano, a computer science student, said, “People always say that they do not know how to fix their bad punctuality. A really simple way to be more punctual is obvious-leave early. A good way to know when to leave is to know how much time it takes to get to where you need to go. Once you know that, you can choose a good time to leave and make sure that you get there five to ten minutes early. It is better to be early than late.”
As college students, we have packed schedules, which might contribute to our tardiness. However, in order to be successful in one’s life and career, punctuality is critical.
Marco Palladino, a political science student, added, “Being on time is the first step to a day’s work. Being late can set you up for failure if you make it a habit. You can miss key information you need which puts you at a disadvantage in your career and your life.”
Being early is not a waste of time and you are not an overachiever. If you deliberately show up early to your workplace, that shows that it is your choice and you now have time to go through your emails, read a book, talk to other co-workers, and prove your commitment to work.
When employees are punctual, the business tends to run smoothly and normally ahead of schedule, which only eases the mood of the workplace causing any tension or stress to decrease.
Punctuality is important in all aspects of your life. It empowers us to do all things to the best of our ability. The earlier we do our work and plan, the more we can accomplish in our lives and outclass any opposition we face.
Nothing can be done without hard work and precise planning. Remember, your reputation is on line.
The importance of being prompt is a symbol of your dedication and professionalism. Punctuality helps us build up our careers and never goes unnoticed. It is a virtue, a lifestyle, and realistically, it is the key to success in life.
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