Punctuality (vs. Tardiness)

Showing respect for others by doing the right thing at the right time

To practice Punctuality I will:

  • Be at the right place at the right time.
  • Prepare for unexpected delays.
  • Do my work ahead of time.
  • Plan a daily schedule and keep it.
  • Not fall into the trap of “just one more”.

Every summer, The Weltes would plan a trip from Cincinnati, OH to Cocoa Beach, FL to visit relatives. The trip takes about 16 hours by car and they would divide the trip into 2 days, staying in Perry, GA overnight. They always planned to arrive around 2 pm and invariably they would make that time within about 15 minutes each year. It never failed to amaze me how year after year, they were always on time. How did they do it? Planning and flexibility. They had a schedule and stuck to it. If there was construction and it slowed them down, they made up for it with shorter meals and stops. If rainy weather was expected, they left earlier. Being on time governed every decision from the time they left the driveway until they arrived.

This month, how can you use planning and flexibility to be Punctual?

“Time is what we want most but what we use worst.”
– William Penn

“The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it. ”
– Ray Kroc


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