When talking about punctuality, have you heard of the saying, “It’s better late than never?” This is the anthem of the perennially and habitually punctual person. At first, being late could seem like it isn’t that big a deal. So as long as you’re able to do what you can when you’re at the office, that’s what counts. Right?
What many fail to realize is that there are deep and lasting implications that being habitually tardy does not only affect your workload quantity but your productivity as well. Read on to find out how.
Punctuality: To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Question
Quoting some Shakespeare for the opening of this part of the post. Of course, the obvious answer is “to be” punctual. Your office has a log in time for everybody in the company. Not just for you. It’s but right to come in when you’re expected to.
However, punctuality isn’t merely about following the rules of the company in order for you not to get a warning from HR for your being late for the Nth time.
Although that’s a very good reason for you to stop hitting the snooze button so that you ended up getting up late, and thus arriving late at work as a result.
Or those late nights where you just can’t help yourself to a round of a couple of episodes from your favorite Netflix series. Movies you feel like you have a need to catch up on.
Punctuality Speaks Much Of Your Character
Another branch of punctuality is etiquette, and etiquette is character-building. It has a slow, yet very direct implication towards your behavior. Being late means not considering others. That they’re on time and are working more, possibly carrying the load you miss because of the time that’s wasted on tardiness.
Moreover, if it becomes a habit, then it will latch onto you like a parasite and be embedded in your day to day living. How?
Being Punctual Isn’t An Office Rule. It’s A Life Skill
There have been experimental and observational researches done regarding this watered-down human behavior. It’s said that those who are consistently punctual for any kind of activity, whether for work or for leisure, are generally more productive and… get this… happy.
The one plus one equals two there is that being consistently late, so much so that it has become a habit, affects the WAY you work. We’re not only talking about your output. Less time means less output. Being late means rushing your output and thus leads to less quality.
On the other hand, what we’d like to point out here, as studies show, how tardiness makes one less driven. It envelopes your psyche and makes your perception of work askew. If you can be late, you can also work without putting that much effort. You’re already getting away with the first anyway.
At least, that’s how your mind now forms your worldview of things. This isn’t a ride you’d like to be on for long. Or at all.
A Punctual You, Is A Happy And Productive You
Picking up from there and looking at its opposite end, whenever you’re on time for work (and for most activities in your daily or weekly schedule), you’ll be more at ease. No rush. No trying to finish the work that should’ve been done had you not been tardy.
This therefore means… no stress. No stress leads to positivity and productivity. This duo is always a win. There’s no refuting it.
Always Being On Time Is A Habit For Keeps, For Life
Additionally, having that mindset of consistently being on time means you’re showing respect to those around you. It means showing respect to those whom you work with. Thus, not only are you building yourself up to be one who’s an optimistic and efficient worker, you’re building yourself up to be one of character as well.
Say goodbye to those 2 to 3 hours of movie-watching when it’s time for some shut-eye. Wake up and get up once you’re alarm rings in the a.m. Get to the office on time.
We promise you, the changes you’ll experience will be life-changing.