Advertising
Advertising

10 Great Things Only Punctual People Would Understand

10 Great Things Only Punctual People Would Understand

According to a study, being constantly late costs a South American country $2.5 billion a year. Being perpetually late is not only expensive to your success but to those around you. Perhaps this is why punctual people always have an edge over those who do not value the importance of time. In an age where everyone seems to be constantly engaged and distracted by variety of things you tend to appreciate the one who is always prompt. Here are some things this type of persons will always understand.

1. You have anxiety in check

All the needless worries of being late doesn’t put you under pressure or subject you to stress. You are elegant and never seem to be in a rush. This air of calmness and certainty makes settles you and offers you a more optimistic persona. Furthermore, punctual people have a more balanced life and are able to look after their personal well being.

Advertising

2. You always have a feeling of accomplishment

Being punctual adds to your confidence, you are sort of assured that you have worked harder than every other person that should have been there before you. You understand your worth even before approached for an assignment as you believe in your ability and skill that you will always be on time. Somehow you never cease to spell this out to anyone that is concerned about the subject.

3. You are predictable

If you say you will be at a place by 10 am, you are there. People can predict you for coming on time. Beyond that being predictable makes you more reliable as people can entrust you with tasks and assignment because you will deliver on time.

Advertising

4. You always create a lasting impression

When you are prompt at calling someone or being present for a meeting at the right time, you create an impression. Your ability to be punctual speaks volumes and you create an aura of value. People are attracted to you and want to have you on their projects or teams.

5. You are in control

Somehow the world awaits you. You are always determining the flow of events, or sometimes the outcomes and eventualities of meetings and events. Nothing holds you or stops your flow of being the first person to appear in the room. Most times this utters a commanding signal to whoever comes later.

Advertising

6. You are respectful

You are being adored by others because you are considerate and warm. Your valuing other people’s time and showing up early means the other person or people are special and you really care about them.

7. You can get that job by being early

You seem to have one skill that many employers are looking for – being punctual. Your showing up early is enough to get you the job because being punctual also oozes confidence, integrity and character.

Advertising

8. You are attracted to people who are like you

They say like attracts its kind. You are not an exception on this because you find that you sort of admire and adore others that are like you. You can connect and build relationships better with other people that are punctual, because you know what it means to be punctual.

9. You are turned off by late people

You cannot seem to tolerate or understand why anyone should ever be late. Being late for five minutes, (even before the scheduled time) puts you on the spot and kind of makes you try to even be a more punctual person. Because you cannot really imagine or figure why anyone should ever commit himself to showing up late, you speak and throw shades at lateness.

10. You enjoy all the goodies before any other person comes

Whatever attention, item, package or opportunity that is made available for the person who comes early is taken by you. You seem to be favored on many of such occasions and it triggers your desire to even be more punctual. You are punctual because you have not only seen the benefits, you have also experienced it.

Featured photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com via download.unsplash.com

More by this author

Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

6 Things To Do Every Day To Ensure You Stick To Your Goals How to Form Your Success Formula to Get Unstuck in Life 10 Habits Of People Who Are Highly Successful At Work 8 Reasons Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful 15 Signs Of Self-Absorbed People

Trending in Productivity

1 How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day 2 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life 3 How to Commit, Achieve Excellence And Change Your Life 4 How to Stay Consistent and Realize Your Dreams 5 How to Set Goals in Life to Achieve the Success You Want

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on July 13, 2020

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed and exhausted.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm; leaving you calmer, in control and a lot less stressed.

1. Write Everything down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when you begin to feel overwhelmed is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s on your mind.

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind”.

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will begin the process of removing your feeling of overwhelm. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have ‘emptied your head,’ go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

Advertising

As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. Here’s How to Cultivate a More Meaningful To Do List.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Now here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and us humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take:((Odhable: Genesis of Parkinson’s Law))

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad but they stick to the belief it will only take thirty minutes. It’s more wishful thinking than good judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage. If you have estimated that to write five emails that desperately need a reply to be ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is you put yourself under a little time pressure and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

    Advertising

    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time and so it plays tricks on us and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our colleagues to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening and we get more focused and more work done.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos. Go through your to-dos and schedule time on your calendar for doing those tasks. Group tasks up into similar tasks.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

    Advertising

    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss, a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. You need to make a decision to deal with it and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved. (You can take a look at this guide on How To Make Good Decisions All The Time.)

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend of mine of the problem. He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I paid a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first, don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second, there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we feel overwhelmed (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

    Advertising

    It also means rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible and you can make decisions easier about what to do about them. Often it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be you see you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    Overwhelm is not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work, it can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    Make a decision, even if it is to just talk to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something on its own will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution one way or another.

    When you follow these strategies to can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

    More Tips for Reducing Work Stress

    Featured photo credit: Andrei Lazarev via unsplash.com

    Read Next