I’ve always been told if you are five minutes early, you are on time; if you are on time you’re late; and if you show up 5 minutes late, you might as well not have showed to begin with. From an early age being on time has always been something I practiced thanks to my mom (thanks, mom!).
Being punctual shows a lot about the type of person you are. If you are early or on time I can tell that you have integrity and character. You are disciplined and humble. And yes I can tell all of this just from your punctuality. I read an interesting article the other day, A Man is Punctual: Time Importance of being on Time. It’s a fantastic article, give it a read. Personally it’s a real gear grinder when people don’t follow through especially when there are time constraints. This year, make an effort to be on time. If you need to wake up early, do it. Build in some extra time to your travel and morning routine. Once you start being punctual, you’ll never want to go back.
Time seems to be the killer of all things. We are constantly complaining that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, but I don’t believe that. 24 hours in a day is just right. Once you factor everything in: 8 hours of work, an hour commute, grooming, sleeping, eating and exercise, what more do you need?
In this day in age, we need to learn how to prioritize. We need to set an agenda and we need to sit to it.
Take a look at this post from Sam Davidson. He’s preaching exactly what I am talking about. You will find that 24 hours in a day is just enough when you start to put the clutter behind you.
Don’t let other people convince you otherwise based on the whims of any given news cycle, their personal agenda, or some prejudiced notion of what you ought to make time for.
You don’t have time to discuss Duck Dynasty. You don’t have time for someone else’s poor planning. You don’t have time to fix it, so let’s all get it right the first time. You don’t have time for a distraction brought on by cheap technology. You don’t have time for anything that doesn’t align with what you value, who you love, and where you want to go.
There is simply too much good work left to be done. And there are fewer and fewer hours in which to do it.
Set the agenda. Don’t let someone else set it for you.