As my new website is in the final stages before the launch…NEWS FLASH, 30 SECOND SUCCESS.COM Version 2 COMING SOON!!…I am reposting a favorite 2016 blog that haunts me to this day. This seemed to be a pretty popular blog and sparked a lot of conversation and comments, so I thought it to be repost worthy as I sit here going through the birthing pains of launching my new website at the same time that I am launching new programs, outlining a new book, and immersing myself in so many other wonderful crazy things that make life fun. Speaking of late…I’ve got to go. Enjoy this repost worthy blog!
“Late is Unacceptable”
I considered starting this blog with a rant about respecting people’s time…but I would just like to calmly express how important it is to make every effort to be on time. I know, it happens. Sometimes traffic, phone calls, email, deadlines, family, etc. can delay us from getting where we are going.
When I’m running late it really stresses me out and the fact that they have now raised the speed limit to 70 mph on the turnpike doesn’t help. I just can’t figure out how or why we snail along during rush hour when the speed limit obviously means we can go 70 miles an hour, legally!
My husband once shared with me something he heard a father telling his son in a bathroom during a Flyer’s game (go figure, right?) “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.” I get it, it makes sense, so why can I not live this way. Think about it, if I were to show up early to every meeting what would that convey to the person I am meeting with?
Respect! By showing up on time we show people respect for the people we are meeting with. That’s it, that’s the importance of it. Showing up early speaks volumes! It allows us to take a few minutes to breath, collect our thought, and prepare for our conversation.
Here are some tips that may help you get there on time:
- Add appointments to your calendar 15 minutes earlier.
- Include travel time in your calendar.
- Double your travel time if you are traveling during rush hour. (If you are early, you can catch up on email or reading on your smartphone.)
- Prepare and review materials you’ll need the day before and put them with your bag or folio. Better yet, put them in the car the night before.
- Program your GPS ahead of time and review the route if you are unfamiliar. (Review the Google Maps directions ahead of time if you are unfamiliar with the area.)
- Confirm your meeting the day before. (Just in case.)
- Arrive relaxed and confident. You’ve got this!
So, the next time you are rushing around to get ready remember… “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!” And if you are the person feeling disrespected, I pray you have a little bit of patience, sometimes things happen.
If you struggle with time management, maybe you’re doing too much or need help organizing your day. Setting mini goals for your day helps keep you on track. Focusing on the things that will move your business forward will also help. If you are looking for help organizing your goals for your business, schedule a strategy session today.