Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Importance of Punctuality

“Punctuality is the politeness of princes” is a proverb. There is another proverb which says, “Punctuality is the virtue of kings.” Here,‘punctuality’ is the catch word. Isn’t it surprising that even in the days of absolute monarchy ,princes and kings themselves valued punctuality as a great virtue and practiced it? It is said that benevolent kings who valued the love and trust of their subjects considered punctuality as an important virtue and the practice of this virtue earned them immense popularity. On reflection this appears to be quite right.It is the outcome of their sensibility and refinement. Cultured people can never even think of causing the least inconvenience to others in any way. To keep someone waiting for us is a sure sign of discourtesy.

Punctuality is the habit of doing things exactly in time. A punctual person will be a winner everywhere. A punctual person is always one step ahead of others. Often we say plan work and work plan. But if you are not stick on your work promptly, punctually, how can you become a better person in your life? Punctuality is essential for man in every walk of life. For students it is a great blessing. If you are punctual you will get enough time to do your work according to your plan. In hospitals, punctuality can make all the difference, of course between life and death.

You never face any difficulty so far as time is concerned. You command respect and admiration of all who work with you and are an asset. Everybody likes to work with such a lovely man. On the contrary an unpunctual man sees himself in arrears as days pass and is gradually filled with despair. He generally causes inconvenience to others and is most of the time a liability. Punctuality is inevitable everywhere. In business also this is very important. If you want to be a successful businessman, you have to be very particular in being punctual. The failure to keep up an engagement punctually may mean a setback for his business. If you are not punctual, you can see your washes away between your cup and lip!

If we study the lives of our great men, we find that punctuality was one of the secrets of their success in life. The necessity of doing our work punctually should be felt more keenly because we live today in a complicated society where each work is dependent on the other. The smooth working of the modern world is due to an increasing recognition of the necessity of doing our work punctually. Punctuality being so important in life, it is necessary for every man to cultivate this habit from the very beginning.

Punctuality is a problem for many people. Time management, or course, is key to punctuality. Knowing when to do certain activities by planning ahead can make a big difference as to whether or not you are late. For instance, if you are constantly late to work because you have too many things to do in the morning (shower, shave, brush teeth, make your lunch, feed the dog, etc.), think about which things could be done the night before, such as preparing your lunch and keeping it in the fridge, or having your outfit already picked out. Lateness is a sign of poor time management skills. When you are late for appointments, meetings or work, you show a lack of respect for other people’s time as well as your own.

How can we ensure that we keep appointments by arriving on time? Here are some suggestions:

1. Make up your mind that you will be punctual from now on. In many cases lateness is caused by a lack of commitment to arrive on time. Have the right mindset.

2. Record the commitment in your planner and also record the time you must leave the house or office in order to arrive on time. Plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.

3. If you have a fair distance to travel, always allow more time than you think it will take.

4. Don’t be trapped by the one last thing syndrome. If you’re ready to leave and it's still early, leave anyway. Utilize the time at the other end rather than trying to finish one more task before you leave.

5. If you are not a morning person, but have early morning commitments, set the alarm a little earlier. Some of us may need to go to bed a little earlier to make this work.

When it comes right down to it, punctuality is a habit that can be developed. It takes great effort at first, but eventually simply happens. Habits are formed by repetition. If you want to acquire the habit of punctuality, you must repeat this behavior again and again.

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