Want to be viewed as a courteous (even professional) contributor to society? Someone that others can consistently depend upon?
If so, a key element is: being on time! Every time!
On time for work, school, a dinner appointment, business meeting, bike ride, etc.
Not being on time is, quite simply, totally irresponsible and discourteous to others.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Do you like waiting for others, wondering if they are going to show or no-show?
Observing a “chronically late” person, it seems that they typically “plan” on arriving “right on time.” Guess what? They are ALREADY LATE!
That is, we can safely assume there will ALWAYS be something that comes up between the “planned” departure and arrival time that will result in an arrival later than “on time.” This can include: traffic, looking for one’s car keys (covered in a prior post) or that piece of paper containing the information we were going to discuss, someone stopping us in the hall for an important question, etc.
While there will be exceptions (which should be few and far between) a strategy to address this is quite simple: add “buffer time” to our scheduled departure to allow for the “unforeseen” TIME-SUCKERS that WILL APPEAR. The more important the appointment the more thoughtful we must be about this buffer time. And, the longer the travel, or more variables that exist (i.e., traffic) the more time we must allot.
The goal: be there first! Never make others wait.
And, if, on that “rare” occurrence, we do fall behind then the right thing to do is contact the person we are meeting to let them know our revised ETA (estimated time of arrival).
Bottom-line: Highly competent, courteous and professional contributors to society quite frankly, seem to EARN MORE $! If you’d like to be among these individuals you must simply do a lot of seemingly “little things” – exceptionally well.
Hope you are enjoying this blog 🙂