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“Learning to be on time is not easy.” – Doc Meek

This may be a big topic for some. It is for me.

man looking  at watch
“Better be three hours too soon than one minute too late.” ~ William Shakespeare

“You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“It is no use running; to set out betimes [early] is the main point.” ~ La Fontaine

“I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me.” ~ Lord Nelson.

Above quotes from: http://www.specialty-calendars.com/punctuality.html …………………………………………………………………………………………

I loved Polychronic Time in the South Pacific Islands

When I was serving in the South Pacific Islands, helping school teachers and administrators with helping students obtain greater academic achievement, I loved their approach to time. Being “on time” was not an issue, generally speaking. I was “in pig heaven,” as they say, in more ways than one. [ Almost every Islander owned pigs, of great importance in a culture where food is important, especially for feasts. 😮 ]

Since I have generally not been able to be on time for anything–my whole life through (so far)–it was a great relief to find this to be a cultural OK in the indigenous cultures of the islands. I experienced almost one continual great sigh of relief.

However, in most mainland cultures, “time is of the essence,” as they say in legal contracts.

Learning to be on time

Here is a guest article for THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE blog today, Friday, July 9, 2010.

“Avoid Being Late,” from Self-Help Growing: http://www.selfhelpgrowing.com/avoid-being-late.htm

By: David Korn

Being on time is one of the most important punctual aspects of life. It is important to avoid being late in order to not cause any problems. Learning how to be on time does take dedication and attention. There are several effective ways in adopting better time management techniques. Learning to be on time is definitely one of them.

A good way to avoid being late is to prepare ahead of time. For instance, you can prepare your items before you go to sleep the night before. Also, you can prepare batch amounts over the weekend or at times when things aren’t so busy. By preparing ahead of time, you can save a lot of time and from being potentially late to an event. That way you can grab what you need as soon as you walk out of the door.

Setting reminders is a good way to be on time. Many of us use alarm clocks, wake up calls, portable device sounds, and so on as our reminders. The idea is to set these reminders ahead of time such that you don’t forget. Having these reminders go off in a routine basis can be useful as well. Having a routinized reminder system can help you to easily remember the schedule. That way you can avoid being late on a daily basis.

Avoiding or eliminating distractions is important for being on time. Sometimes we get caught up in something prior to departure. It is a good idea to minimize these interruptions such that we can arrive at our destination on time. Good communication with others as well as learning to turn off or divert distracting items will be useful. That way you have a clear road ahead in order to arrive at your destination without being late.

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid being late is to leave early. After a while, you will be able to estimate how long it will take you to get to a destination. It is important to take into account any interruptions that normally occur on the way. That way you can leave early enough before any of this occurs. Unfortunately, things come up in life which can prevent us from being on time. It can be understandable depending on the circumstance. Just as long as being late isn’t a habit, many one time circumstances can be excused.

Being late to an event can cause all sorts of problems. This can get one to be fired from a job, bad marks in school, cause upset in others, be seen as unreliable, and much more. Therefore, it is important to be on time to events. Being on time will make you seem as dependable, punctual, and diligent. These qualities are important for our personalities. When we arrive on time, we can feel at ease that we done our job.

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Thank you, David Korn!

To learning to be on time!

Doc Meek, Friday, July 9, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA



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