Time Management: Maintaining Punctuality

Punctuality goes hand in hand with time management. Being late once or twice because of an unavoidable incident is all right but habitual latecomers need to do something about their lack of punctuality for their own good. People who are constantly late are more stressed at work because they are always rushing tasks. They either need to stay later than the others to finish a task or their work spills over to the next day until it piles up. Hence, it becomes impossible to manage time well for those who often start their day late. Punctuality is crucial in the workplace. Time is a valuable resource and for latecomers who do not see its value, it could mean losing a sale, a perspective client or a career opportunity. The reason for this is obvious – tardiness creates the impression of poor time management and unreliability. If you fail to do something as simple as showing up on time for work or for an appointment, then how can you convince you boss or a client that you can manage a project schedule and meet a deadline? Tardiness can also be contagious, in a sense, because when other people expect you to be late for a meeting, for example, it increases the likelihood that they will not show up on time either to avoid waiting up for you. Your lack of punctuality can also negatively affect other people’s time management plan. If you are late for a meeting, your co-workers would either delay the start of the meeting or spend five to ten minutes telling you what you missed when you...

Punctuality And Habits

On Punctuality Habits, whether good or bad, are generally acquired. When a person does a certain thing once and again, he is impelled by some unseen force to do the same thing repeatedly; thus a habit is formed. Once a habit is formed, it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to shake it off. It is therefore very important that we should take great care in the formation of habits. Some bad habits formed in childhood may remain lifetime. Older persons also form bad habits, and in some cases they are ruined by these bad habits. There are good habits which, when formed in early life, are great blessings. Many successful people declare that they owe much of their success and prosperity to the formation of such good habits as punctuality, honesty, and perseverance in early life. Such habits as rudeness, laziness, stealing and slandering are bad habits. If we want to be useful to society, we ought to keep away from ail these vices, and strive to acquire those habits that are proven to be good for ourselves and others. Punctuality means observing regular or appointed time. A man who gets up at six o’clock every morning is punctual A man who has promised to call on a friend at five o’clock in the afternoon and actually does so at that hour is also punctual. On Habits Punctuality is a good habit, and unpunctuality is, of course, a bad one. A few minutes delay may not be a serious matter. But it may have bad results. Getting up five minutes later than usual may upset the plan of the...

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