One of life’s eternal pursuits is learning to know oneself. I know I have many failings, but one thing I have mastered through lots of practice and self-discipline is punctuality!

Rarely, (if ever) am I late. Yesterday, I was reminded of this when on my 1pm Zoom call he commented “bang on time!”

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a growing challenge with tardiness. I am a very punctual person and as I have discovered in life, typically end up waiting for others.

Preparation is the key for punctuality.

I like to be organised and leave early for appointments, making sure I give myself plenty of time to arrive, allowing for some buffer time just in case there are any unexpected delays along the way. So, if my meeting is scheduled for 9.00, I’ll plan to be there for 8.45. I really enjoy turning up early, it’s part of being punctual, giving me time to relax and to get my thoughts in order. When you are on time it helps to cut down on stress.

Being early is really a sign of being organised, having respect for others, and having good time management skills. Being punctual signals to others, as well as to yourself, that you can be depended on.

Some may find this somewhat annoying? Maybe it is time to change?