The Importance of Being on Time
Is it me or has society quietly written off the importance of being on time? Am I the only one that simply cannot stand it, regardless of who you are or what rank you tote? Please say it isn’t so.
We must understand the importance of being on time. Keep reading to find out how:
First things first, hopefully you have a routine for waking up. Hitting your snooze button 43 times is not a routine! At first, I would simply use my phone to set an alarm, but recently I moved onto using my Amazon Echo.
Once up, how do you ensure you are getting to the places you need to go in a timely manner. My friends over at Bustle wrote a great post on this called, “7 Tips on How to Actually Stay on Schedule Once and For All”.
Being tardy is a serious lack of respect. It basically tells the other person that their time isn’t valuable and believe me, that’s enough to stick in their mind for quite some time. It also insults their intelligence when you are making some random excuse like, “oh, traffic at the gate was crazy” or “I had to take my kids to daycare”.
How are those excuses? Simply put, they aren’t.
Besides, do you really want to be rushing from one place to another? I absolutely hate that feeling.
It’s kind of funny, in the military there is the common notion that if you are on time you are already 15 minutes late.
The hurry up and wait routine is a dance I have danced many times! However, the methodology behind the 15 minute adage is totally legit. Being early allows you to have small miscues and still be on time.
Tardiness in the military is quite common unfortunately and I want to lay a few things out to help show you the importance of timeliness:
Is it ever acceptable? YES! Look, shit happens. There are unavoidable things that happen that make us late sometimes. But let’s say it is something like your alarm doesn’t go off. Okay, well if you don’t set an additional alarm from that point on, you have no leg to stand on.
The key point here though is as supervisors we can’t put the member in the damn guillotine if they are late one time.
I sat down with a high ranking leader a few years ago when I was new to a recent organization. He explained to me that if you are late, you will receive an automatic letter of reprimand.
What!? Dude, there are big implications for that. This could be the best, most credible member, and you will fry them that quick? Poor leadership.
Time is money. Short and simple. We have a mission to do and you being late hurts that mission in one way or another.
Being late hurts everyone–its a cascading event
Tardiness is a symptom of discipline. If we can’t rely on you to be on time, how can I rely on you in the field?
Rank has nothing to do with it. I don’t care if you out rank me, if you are late to a class I am teaching or meeting I am facilitating, I will remember and frankly, you are rude. We must all truly value our time and make it clear to others that it holds high value as well.
In the end, we are all late from time to time. But, being tardy to something simple isn’t worth the possible domino effect.
All we can do is understand its importance in our lives and make it a point to be on time.
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