Be on Time!

be on time

Be on Time!

‘Sorry I’m late’ is a verbal excuse uttered on a regular basis by the majority of people. There are excuses for this occurrence, and I’d like to share some of them before offering words that are professionally more on time

  1. Status lateness is one way of establishing who has the highest status and who is waiting for whom, which is why the famous don’t worry too much about punctuality. However, this behaviour could cause resentment.
  2. Boredom lateness occurs when people lead crowded lives to counter tedium and often fail to leave sufficient time to get to appointments. The cure is to not overfill your diary and possibly take a book to read, or a crossword to look at whilst waiting.
  3. Stable lateness occurs on a regular basis when people are late for work by approximately the same time on each occasion. This becomes a habit and can cause resentment from the people one has agreed to meet.
  4. Obsessive lateness often occurs when people are not prepared with everything that might be required and go in and out of home and check their possible requirements. A cure is to prepare early!
  5. Avoidable lateness can be achieved by anticipating delay and building extra time into travel plans. A phone call to modes of transport, e.g. trains and or buses could be useful.
  6. Chronic lateness is an ominous sign for any relationship. It could convey a wish to be anywhere else but the scheduled meeting.
  7. Optimistic lateness occurs because of over optimism abut the length of time it will take to get to the appointment. The cure is to plan what might cause delays and even if arriving early, the delay could result in a better frame of mind.

So, there you have some reasons for not being on time. However, it might help to utter being behind schedule rather than apologising for being LATE. Schedule indicates professionalism and a busy person involved in much activity, whereas lateness indicates tardiness. Apology uttered with a smile is also to be recommended and more easily accepted than a scowling blame uttered excuse.

Preparation for any activity or scheduled appointment can also keep one in a more relaxed frame of mind and prepared to communicate effectively with the matter at hand. Meeting and greeting becomes easier and conversations are less hurried as a consequence.

Must dash, I have an appointment to prepare for!

Regards, John Mulvey 0411 541 899 –

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