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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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