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 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 us get there
on time, scratch that…get us there EARLY (remember, early is on time):
- Add appointments to your calendar 15 minutes earlier.
- Double your travel time if you are traveling during rush hour. If you are early, you can catch up on email on your smartphone.
- Prepare materials you’ll need the day before and put it where you will remember it.
- Program your GPS ahead of time and review the route if it is unfamiliar.
- Confirm your meeting the day before. (Just in case.)