The importance of being on time.
Students tend to get late everywhere. Get late in class, get late at appointments, late at meeting friends. Always late. I have to say, I am one of them. All my friends know it, Stefan is always late. And that is a really bad thing, because being late is a really bad habit. Being on time is important because first of all, it makes a good impression. When someone is expecting you at 11am at their office and they open the door at 11am and you rush in, with your head all red and sweaty, that isn’t a good impression. But when someone is expecting you at 11, and they look if you are already there a couple of minutes ahead and you are there, that satisfies them big time! That better impression is already worth it to be on time, always.
Why aren’t we on time?
The problem with me is simple, I don’t calculate getting out of the house in my trip. When I have to be somewhere at 11, and I have to travel 20 minutes, I stop with what I am doing at 10:40. But that isn’t the deal, I need to put on my shoes, I need to grab my coat, look in the mirror again, get my bike and close the doors. This means another 5-10 minutes!
The other problem I already mentioned, when I need to be somewhere at 11, I try to be there on 11, not on 10:55, no at 11. This means I don’t have any marge left to do something wrong. When I have a flat tire, I already have a problem.
The five minutes ahead rule
If we want to be on time, we need to make a change in the way we think. When we need to be somewhere at a certain time, we shouldn’t be thinking about that time, we should be thinking about that time, minus 5 minutes. Make sure you always distract[ENGELS] five minutes of the appointment time. This means you have a bit SPELING, so things can go wrong. And when they don’t go wrong, you are just early, which is also great. It makes you calmer.
Get ready to go
Before you do anything else, get ready to go. Put on your shoes, get your coat ready, have that look in the mirror. When you have done all of that, you can read something or watch TV. When you do this, you don’t have to waste time on these things anymore. You can be out of your house within two minutes, instead of ten.
Being on time requires effort, but is worth it. The impression you make when you are on time, in stead of late, is worth the effort you make by thinking 5 minutes ahead and getting ready to go. Do you agree with me, or do you just love the adrenaline you get by rushing? Let me know!
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