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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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Published on May 20, 2019

How to Prevent Inaction from Leading to Regret

How to Prevent Inaction from Leading to Regret

Time.

When you think of this construct, where do you see your time being spent?

As William Shakespeare famously wrote “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me…”

Have you used your time wisely? Are you where you want to be?

Or do you have unfinished goals to attain… places you want to be, things you still need to do?

The hard truth is, that time once passed cannot be replaced–which is why it is common to hear people say that one should not squander time doing nothing, or delay certain decisions for later. More often than not, the biggest blocker from reaching our goals is often inaction – which is essentially doing nothing, rather than doing something. 

There are many reasons why we may not do something. Most often it boils down to adequate time. We may feel we don’t have enough time, or that it’s never quite the right time to pursue our goals.

Maybe next month, or maybe next year…

And, before you know it, the time has passed and you’re still no where near achieving those goals you dream about. This inaction often leads to strong regret once we look at the situation through hindsight. So, take some time now to reflect on any goal(s) you may have in mind, or hidden at the back of your mind; and, think about how you can truly start working on them now, and not later.

So, how do you start?

Figure Out Your Purpose (Your Main Goal)


The first important step is to figure out your purpose, or your main goal.

What is it that you’re after in life? And, are there any barriers preventing you from reaching your goal? These are good questions to ask when it comes to figuring out how (and for what purpose) you are spending your time.

Your purpose will guide you, and it will ensure your time spent is within the bounds of what you actually want to accomplish.

A good amount of research has been done on how we as humans develop and embrace long-term and highly meaningful goals in our lives. So much so, that having a purpose has connections to reduced stroke, and heart attack. It turns out, our desire to accomplish goals actually has an evolutionary connection–especially goals with a greater purpose to them. This is because a greater purpose often helps both the individual, and our species as a whole, survive.

Knowing why it is you’re doing something is important; and, when you do, it will be easier to budget your time and effort into pursuing after those milestones or tasks that will lead to the accomplishment of your main goal.

Assess Your Current Time Spent

Next comes the actual time usage. Once you know what your main goal is, you’ll want to make the most of the time you have now. It’s good to know how you’re currently spending your time, so that you can start making improvements and easily assess what can stay and what can go in your day to day routine.

For just one day, ideally on a day when you’d like to be more productive, I encourage you to record a time journal, down to the quarter hour if you can manage. You may be quite surprised at how little things—such as checking social media, answering emails that could wait, or idling at the water cooler or office pantry —can add up to a lot of wasted time.

To get you started, I recommend you check out this quick self assessment to assess your current productivity: Want To Know How Much You’re Getting Done In A Day?

Tricks to Tackle Distractions

Once you’ve assessed how you’re currently spending your time, I hope you won’t be in for too big of a shock when you see just how big of an impact distractions and time wasters are in your life.

Every time your mind wanders from your work, it takes an average of 25 minutes and 26 seconds to get into focus again. That’s almost half an hour of precious time every time you entertain a distraction!

Which is why it’s important to learn how to focus, and tackle distractions effectively. Here’s how to do it:

1. Set Time Aside for Focusing

One way to stay focused is to set focused sessions for yourself. During a focused session, you should let people know that you won’t be responding unless it’s a real emergency.

Set your messaging apps and shared calendars as “busy” to reduce interruptions. Think of these sessions as one on one time with yourself so that you can truly focus on what’s important, without external distractions coming your way.

2. Beware of Emails

Emails may sound harmless, but they can come into our inbox continuously throughout the day, and it’s tempting to respond to them as we receive them. Especially if you’re one to check your notifications frequently.

Instead of checking them every time a new notification sounds, set a specific time to deal with your emails at one go. This will no doubt increase your productivity as you’re dealing with emails one after the other, rather than interrupting your focus on another project each time an email comes in.

Besides switching off your email notifications so as not to get distracted, you could also install a Chrome extension called Block Site that helps to stop Gmail notifications coming through at specific times, making it easier for you to manage these subtle daily distractions.

3. Let Technology Help

As much as we are getting increasingly distracted because of technology, we can’t deny it’s many advantages. So instead of feeling controlled by technology, why not make use of disabling options that the devices offer?

Turn off email alerts, app notifications, or set your phone to go straight to voicemail and even create auto-responses to incoming text messages. There are also apps like Forrest that help to increase your productivity by rewarding you each time you focus well, which encourages you to ignore your phone.

4. Schedule Time to Get Distracted

Just as important as scheduling focus time, is scheduling break times. Balance is always key, so when you start scheduling focused sessions, you should also intentionally pen down some break time slots for your mind to relax.

This is because the brain isn’t created to sustain long periods of focus and concentration. The average attention span for an adult is between 15 and 40 minutes. After this time, your likelihood of distractions get stronger and you’ll become less motivated.

So while taking a mental break might seem unproductive, in the long run it makes your brain work more efficiently, and you’ll end up getting more work done overall.

Time is in Your Hands

At the end of the day, we all have a certain amount of time to go all out to pursue our heart’s desires. Whatever your goals are, the time you have now, is in your hands to make them come true.

You simply need to start somewhere, instead of allowing inaction waste your time away, leaving you with regret later on. With a main goal or purpose in mind, you can be on the right track to attaining your desired outcomes.

Being aware of how you spend your time and learning how to tackle common distractions can help boost you forward in completing what’s necessary to reach your most desired goals.

So what are you waiting for? 

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