Time is the most valuable currency, not money.
Everyone has the same amount, but we don’t use it the same.
Even before I was married and had kids, being on time mattered.
Efficiency is one of my top values and working smarter means maximizing your time.
But at a deeper level punctuality is about respect.
If time is the most valuable currency, being late means you’re wasting someone else’s time.
It’s time you can’t get back.
My roots were planted by my mom who is extremely reliable. When I was a kid if I asked her to do something and she committed to it, it would get done. It’s had a huge influence on my personality.
In the workplace punctuality is part of your reputation. When you’re late people notice. In fact I’d argue it’s a sign of integrity.
If a meeting starts at 8 AM and you’re late, it’s a slap in the face to the host.
Nobody’s perfect so an occasional slip up is fine, but habitual offenders become labeled.
Even since I joined the corporate world, I’ve continued to network online (LinkedIn), via phone and in-person on my lunch breaks. It’s more than a goal, it’s part of my lifestyle. The worst way to ruin a first impression is to show up late. I do my best to be early or on time.
So what if you lack punctuality?
You have a choice: talk about it or be about it.
Words are cheap. Actions are what matters. Don’t tell me, show me.
Most people believe being busy is a badge of honor. I disagree.
The more successful you become, the more in control of your time you should be.
Value your time by meeting with less people.
Value others’ time by showing up on time.
Valuing time means respecting others’.