Late Again?

Time management is a great skill to have. Notice I said it’s a skill. A person who cannot self manage themselves limits their leadership ability. People who are consistently late are saying loud and clear that they have poor planning skills. Psychology tells us that people who are consistently late are rebellious and care little about other’s time. They want to inform you that they don’t care about what the expectation is. In their own fantasy of life, they are the king or queen of the universe and you are the servant who will wait to be honored by their presence. Naturally, this is very strong language to be used so usually they deny it, but that realization will only do one of two things: reinforce the boorish behavior or modify it. It is simply a way for the person who is late to show people disrespect without having the confrontation of words. Leaving you waiting is of no concern to them. Actions speak louder than words so the message is perfectly clear.

If you have someone in your life who is chronically late, reassess your friendship. You are not valued by that person and they are not honoring you or holding you in any sort of regard. If you have a person who is chronically late in your workplace, they are quite simply stealing from the company. Time is important, too important to waste on those who think nothing of you.

If you are chronically late, quit making excuses. Everyone’s time is important. Yours is no more so than the people you keep waiting on you.

Running occasionally late happens. Running chronically late there simply is no excuse for.

4 thoughts on “Late Again?

  1. You’re right. I’m really guilty of this because I cram too much into whatever I’m doing and don’t watch the time. I’ve taken to setting the alarm on my phone to remind me to give myself plenty of time to clean up after a job so I can be loaded and on the road in a timely manner. No matter how I plan it though, I am still not very good with assessing how long jobs will take nor am I good with estimating a drive from one place to another sometimes. So I’ve taken to giving people ballpark arrival times to give myself some leeway in case I don’t get it right…

    That said, I used to arrive everywhere early and bring a book in case there was nothing else to do. I’m restarting that habit again because it’s so annoying to have to explain my miscalculation—not to say embarrassing and bad for business.

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