We’ve all been late once or twice. Actually, we’ve all probably been late multiple times. It happens right? While being late a few minutes here and there might not matter much, being late on a consistent basis can have a negative effect not only your productivity but others as well.
While some events that make us late are out of our control, we can, for the most part, control our own schedules. While we may joke about being ‘fashionably late’, it’s never really acceptable to be late just because we couldn’t manage our own time. We sometimes forget about the importance of being punctual but it’s more important than you think. Here is why you should try to always be on time:
Being late throws your whole schedule off.
Tardiness is time management’s biggest enemy. When you’re late, even by a few minutes, it throws your entire schedule off. For those of you who have jam packed days, this can cause you to be late to other events and meetings or miss things altogether. Overall, being late can throw a wrench into your entire day. You’ll end up getting less done and waste more time.
It also throw’s everyone else’s schedule off.
Depending on what you’re doing, your lateness can also throw everyone else’s schedules off. It creates a domino effect to people around them as well. If people are counting on you to be somewhere at a certain time, you never want to start off on the wrong foot by being late. It leaves a bad impression that lasts longer than you may think.
Things might take longer than you expect.
You never know what issues or delays you might run into. If you’re were already late to begin with, that means it’ll take you even longer to complete the task at hand. Give yourself a buffer by getting there on time. Better yet, give yourself even more breathing room by getting there early.
You feel more frantic and stressed when you are running late.
Even if your lateness doesn’t negatively impact your schedule or someone else’s, it just creates unnecessary stress. You find yourself worrying about what time you’ll actually get there, how you’re going to make up for the lost time, and what other people will think. You’re frantic and flustered, which is not the mental state you want to be in when you’re working.
If you’re looking to improve your time management skills, remember this: if you’re early, you’re on time. And if you’re on time, you’re late.