In life, whether we’re invited to a restaurant gathering, parties, get-togethers, catching a flight out, even for school, work, a job interview, or anything that it could be, even a date, meeting up for coffee, punctuality and being early is very important. I know sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances it happens where people are late or get caught up on something, the best thing to do is let others know who you will be meeting that you are running late. It is common courtesy and respectful. Your time is as valuable as the other peoples time. So it goes both ways.
Tips and Advice on how to manage time, to be early and punctual.
— Say you get invited to a restaurant for dinner at 7:30 and reservations have been made and you are there at 7 7:15, which is good to be early to respect other peoples time, then you see other arriving at 7:30 right on the dot, then you see late people arriving an hour later at 8:30. People are munching on Appetizers already because they waited long enough. — Respecting time is important and especially respecting other people in the process.
— Say you go to the airport and you arrive there at 3pm and your flight is at 6:30pm, which is great to be there 3 and a half hours before, but some people decide to show up at 4:30 or 5pm and flight is at 6:30, they think that they can be allowed boarding and they think that their luggage will make it to the plane. I do not think so. Respect the time given to be at the airport prior to departure and make it to your plane on time so others do not have to wait for that one or two people who decide to play around and not get to the gate on time.
— Never leave things to the last minute to get ready, to shower, to allow time to get ready after the shower. do it in advance and start getting ready an hour or two before a party and also take into factor how long it will take to get to the venue from your place and get ready accordingly. You do not want to be one of those people who arrive at a party at 10 at night when a party starts at 7. No matter what it is, its important to value time, manage time well and do important things first then allocate enough time to do what is necessary. Be courteous no matter what it is.
— Job interviews, going to school and work on time is very important. Especially when you are going for a job interview. Be there about half an hour before or an hour before. get yourself prepared, and gather your thoughts. Always look at the time and get to places on time. It is very crucial to be punctual in everything in life.
— When you are invited to someone’s place at say 4pm on a Saturday and agree to go, be there right at 4pm or about 10 minutes before. Every minute counts and they count on you to be on time. It is not nice to not show up at someone’s house at 6pm, without letting them know you will be late or something is going on that you cannot make it right at 4.
— A simple I cannot be there on time, or I have some things to take care of, or got pre-occupied with things should be mentioned to those waiting for you, they have every right to know. Time is of the essence. Calling, texting, e-mailing and always communicating is so imperative.
— Do not be a last minute RSVP person — If you get an invitation to a party, wedding, engagement, shower or other events 2-3 or 4 months in advance, or just 2 months in advance, and say the Card says shower is on July 31st, but your RSVP Reservation with the number of persons in attendance must be due by July 10 or July 15th — but then have someone say they are attending on July 27th or 28th, just a couple of days before is so wrong. You had all that time to decide. Do not just leave it as last minute. RESPOND as soon as possible —- It is money, and time was talking here. These people need to prepare and get numbers into the banquet halls or create the tables and how many plates to add… Be respectful. They did a great thing by including you, Help them in the process.
Some Quotes Found online in relative to this post:
“Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is valuable than the time of the person who waited for you” — Karen Joy Fowler
“If you CANNOT be on time, Then be EARLY” — Unknown
“punctuality is the Art of Waiting for the careless people: – Unknown
“Punctuality – Be there an hour early, then a minute too late – Time is valuable” — unknown
“Punctuality is the soul of Business” — Thomas Chandler Haliburton
“Punctuality is the politeness of kings & the duty of gentle people EVERYWHERE” — Unknown
“Life is getting up early in the morning to live a couple of hours more” — Unknown
In the news recently, there was a couple who missed their ship while they were on a cruise itinerary. They were supposed to be back on the ship during a designated time, but they were late. That is why you never be late. Consequences like this happen due to lateness. People need to stop being late for things and be on time and be early! These things can be avoided. I have no sympathy for people like this at all. You are late, it’s too bad. Should have followed procedure.
People need to look at the time and be on time. I hate lateness.
Cruises request you to be back on board half an hour to an hour before disembarking from a port of call. It’s not hard to follow. People like this drive me crazy.
Even during flights. I have no sympathy for late people at all. If you miss your flight because you are late, it is your fault and you are responsible. If your flight or your cruise ship leaves without you, don’t be angry and throw a fit. You always have time to make it. super early Arrival is key and important.
The only acceptable and exceptions I give to people who are late is if there is super bad traffic out there, unfortunately, someone had to be rushed to hospital or something else terrible happened and tardiness/lateness arises, and stuff that is out of our control, well its okay, but there is absolutely no other excuse.
Have you been a victim of a person who has stood you up? Have you been someone who is the one to always wait for others to be on time? Have people contacted you to say they will be late? Are you always the early one to arrive well in advance because you have been taught to respect time and ones who have proper etiquette? It is always good to be like that.
Do you have bad habits when it comes to procrastination? Do you have bad habits of being late because you had to do your hair and make-up? Do you have the bad habit to show up to a party 2-3 hours later knowing that everyone has already eaten, so you get the cold food after or they are going to have to make an extra batch for you to heat your food up, or have missed the beginning speeches or whatever it is? Change your bad habits, work on being courteous and on time. It saves a lot of problems with people depending on you.
Also, do not say you will be there, and then not show up.
Punctuality is key to success in business, relationships, friendships which then builds trust and common decency. Best wishes and to better time management!