We all know that person: the co-worker or manager who is always late for meetings and holds everyone else up. Everyone’s waiting, this person rolls in and apologizes, time is wasted all around. Repeat. And you probably know people like this in your personal circles, also.
Are you that person? If so, it’s time to take control of your schedule. First, your chronic lateness sends a message to those around you, and that message is, “My time is more valuable than yours.” Whether you’re the boss or not, that is definitely not the signal you want to send.
In addition to showing respect for the time of those around you, being on time will dramatically reduce your own stress. Try it: be in the room and ready to go 5 to 10 minutes before your next meeting, and notice the difference. Instead of scrambling to catch up, you now own the room: you’re there first and prepared with your materials and presentation. You’ll be amazed at how much stress comes out of your day.
And even better, those extra few minutes can be used to connect on a deeper level with those around you. Make introductions and connections. Have “the meeting before the meeting” and you’ll reach a better understanding of the others in the room, a plus in any interview or meeting.
Now apply that same discipline to your personal life … school pick-ups, sports, meeting friends. You’ll realize the same benefits of lower stress and deeper connections.
Like all new habits, punctuality will take discipline. But soon you’ll have the pleasure of recognizing the stress in others that used to be yours.