The No-Tardy Rule

The Wall Street Journal ran a Life and Culture piece titled, “Sick of this Text: ‘Sorry I’m Late.’” The premise of the article relates to tardiness and the use of mobile devices to excuse the behavior. The article recounted numerous scenarios of habitual tardiness and its consequences. At the heart of the message is the belief that as long as we communicate tardiness is acceptable. Personally, just because you communicate tardiness doesn’t excuse the behavior. There’s little to no excuse for tardiness. Accidents and emergencies happen, but tardiness shouldn’t be our norm.

I wish I could communicate that I’m on-time all the time, but that’s not the case. But, I’m personally convinced of the need to practice better stewardship of time. I’ve embedded a short how-to clip with practical pointers for punctuality.

Why is it so important to practice punctuality? Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Being on time communicates value. Your punctuality demonstrates your value for the individual, task, or meeting.
  2. Being on time demonstrates good stewardship. On time behavior demonstrates a diligence in planning and calendar mastery.
  3. Being on time communicates thoughtfulness. Your punctuality communicates your attitude towards the individual.
  4. Being on time communicates order. On time behavior says you’re able to handle your schedule well and that life has its order and priority.

Here’s to punctuality. Gotta run, got a meeting to attend. :)