Being On Time

Being late for this or for that occasion had been something I could not help for the last few years. It is not that I did not have the intention to be on time, it is just that somehow I could not make it. People often remarked that my art of lateness was commendable (no doubt, their words were full of sarcasm), and I told them (giving it back in a similar manner) that I had mastered this art with a lot of practice and patience.

No matter how worse things got, I could not abstain from being late. Many a warning had come and many had gone, sometimes the warnings were severe in nature, but I still remained a late comer, a late doer, a late thinker.

The Mexican proverb “How sweet it is to do nothing, and afterwards to rest!” seemed really sweet but impractical in a world I inhabit. Going by the proverb, I would not be worried about being on time at all. But, alas, the world is a busy place which gives nothing for free (no bread, no butter).  In this busy world one cannot simply be lazy and defy what one must do.

But, lately, I have become somewhat sensitive, and I can sense that people are not quite happy when I keep them waiting for something or the other and turn up at my own sweet time.

When you are not on time you become unreliable. People would (even as you express your interest to do something) doubt you or dismiss you as though you are a non-entity. Being late only devalues a person’s status, and the best thing one can do is to shrug off this habit and learn to be on time. Here are a few ways which would help you (which I am also following) to be on time:

  • Sleep a little early so that you get up a little early (a cliche, no doubt; a helpful one, nevertheless).
  • Do not snooze the alarm of your phone every few minutes. Once your hear the sound, wake up and stop it.
  • Be smart, that is to say, stop being lazy, which is again to say, if you have to do something, do not think over it for too long, just do it.
  • Have some buffer time in hand. You might be an optimist and you might think that you have enough time and you can easily catch up, but it does not happen so easily. You would not even know where or how the ‘enough time’ which you thought you had, had gone, and you would start panicking and get frustrated (and kick your dog). It is always good to have some buffer time (15 to 20 minutes), and you will be a little early, not a little late. If you happen to be too early, have a book handy, and your extra time would become productive.

I hope that you, as much as I, gain by being on time what you and I have lost by being late.

Copyright © 2018 RAMU DAS

3 thoughts on “Being On Time”

  1. I \like punctual people, but not ones who are snobby about it. If you are within 5-10 minutes of something, you are there. Just go and do it. The only strong exception to this is the movies. Don’t walk in 5-10 minutes after the movie has started. During the ads is fine, but once the show starts, you have missed it.
    I relax now and know that it is not imperative to arrive precisely on time everywhere. I try my best. I bring my tablet everywhere and read or do scrabble if I am early, which I am most of the time.
    Scott

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    1. The offices in India have strict rules, and if one is late even by a minute he would have to say goodbye to his half day’s salary. People should not go this far, but they are like this. Some companies, however, do have some relaxation about the in-time and out-time. But, it seems to be always better to be a minute or two early than late.

      Carrying your tablet with you is a very good thing. I carry my kindle every time I go out (for any day to day work or on vacation), it is like carrying the whole library with you.

      Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year to you!

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