Why can’t we all be punctual? Its a question I have often wondered. Maybe there are other things which come up just as we are trying to be on time. Maybe we don’t think its important, or don’t quite care, or feel that a few minutes leeway is always there. Some among us set clocks 5, 10 or even 20 minutes fast in order to gain control over time. To little avail.
Punctuality is something I have made a core part of my life. I try and be a few minutes early wherever possible. I get very upset with myself if I am late – doesn’t matter the excuse (traffic, or last-minute to-dos). It is actually quite easy to be on time – if we decide. Just as easy we decide to be late. A little planning and thinking can help us be punctual. Once others know you will be punctual, they too will start truning up on time. And hopefully, that can start a chain reaction.
Two postscripts: first, I don’t wear a watch, though I do carry a cellphone which has an inbuilt clock. Second, I have this theory about meetings and appointments: those closest to the venue will come the latest.