Introduction Finishing the task in time is always important. The popular proverb says "Time and tide wait for none" and this proverb is used to emphasize the significance of utilizing time in the right way by not wasting it. The more efficiently you manage time, the more will be the number of tasks you can complete.
How to describe punctuality Generally, punctuality refers to timeliness, i.e. how perfectly one can maintain the time. Now when we are meeting somebody perfectly in time that was agreed upon we are punctual but if it is to complete a task within the specific time another component is added to the punctuality and that is how accurately we complete the task. If the task is not completed in a proper way but somehow finished on time you may consider yourself punctual but the ultimate result of doing the correct thing in time is not fulfilled and hence the punctuality have much less value.
Importance of punctuality Everybody remains busy with their own work and the intention is to complete the work within the stipulated time. Interestingly, in many cases, our works are interlinked with one another. A simple example may be the arrival time of public transport which some of us use to commute. If it arrives late and you have no other option to avail for going to the office you will be late in the office. If there is a vital meeting with the client, the client will anxiously wait for you for the meeting and when you are late the meeting will start late and the client may have to skip other schedules. For skipping a schedule some others will be inconvenienced and many interlinked tasks will be hampered because of your late arrival in the office. Now, if you reach there on time, for you no task will be hampered. If everyone is punctual things will be done smoothly in the chain of works one is associated with.
Why some are not punctual There are various reasons behind this. One is laziness in which people have less regard for others. It is a tendency of finishing tasks in one's own way without thinking whether others will be affected or not. Another thing is poor time management. One has to complete many tasks in a day and for that, each task should be completed within a specific time. If one spends more time on a specific task sufficient time will not be there for other tasks and the person will be in a hurry to complete the remaining tasks somehow. Another aspect is confusion. When one is confused it becomes difficult to decide when to do and which task to do first.
How to be punctual Maintaining a routine is essential. From the time you wake up till the time you go to bed, you have to find out what are the things you do and allot a specific time to each of the tasks. It is better to maintain a diary and to make a to-do list before starting the tasks. When you are writing it down you have more clarity on it and you can always refer to the diary to find out what are the things you have done and what are left. Set a target and resolve to reach the target in time. Keep it in mind that many remain dependent on our tasks knowingly and unknowingly and if you are late others depending on your tasks will also be late.
Conclusion When you finish a task in the correct way and in time not only do you feel good but you can also allot another slot for a different task. That is always important. We all are progressing and to progress, everyone has to reach one target and set another one after that. This is a continuous process and your punctuality will help you and all your associates to progress in a better way.
Punctuality requires strict discipline and control on our timelines. A punctual person will always be on his toes and will not waste any time in unnecessary indulgences. He knows the value of time as time is the essence of everything. It is not so easy to be punctual for everyone as it requires a lot of control on one's actions and deeds as everything is to be aligned and focused in the direction of doing things at the scheduled time to make place for the incoming jobs. A punctual person will keep a tab on all his jobs their probable schedule and the final plan and the timings of their execution. It requires meticulous planning and beforehand thinking for doing the jobs punctually. Generally, hard-working and laborious people have a good amount of punctuality embedded in their working life while the casual and lazy people consider the punctuality as a weight on their head and keep it at the lowest ebb.
Punctuality is a very important quality one should have. Time is an important factor in our lives. The gone time will never come back. So we should understand the value of the time and we should be particular. We will plan many work. We decide when to start and when to complete the work. Once we decide, we have to start as per the time decided and we should also complete the time as planned. If we are not punctual we will be wasting not only our time but also the time of others also. Many times the top bosses will be coming late to the meetings and the other participants will be waiting for them. The time of all the executives will get wasted. Once the meeting is started late, the closing will also be late. So we should be able to start and complete the works on time.
Punctuality is also a part of discipline. These days many people are not following this time discipline. If you wasted a rupee, there is a chance you can earn it back but a minute wasted can't be obtained back.
There is a famous proverb," Punctuality is the soul of your work." That means that whatever the work you are doing demands your hard work, patience, and many more things but it may take unnecessary time if you are not punctual. Nobody likes to wait for anyone or anything and when we follow punctuality we save others as well as our time. When we live a systematic way we feel it more worthy but without time management or punctuality we may make our day hasty. A punctual person makes a positive environment at any place, office, home or party, in fact, others who are with such persons also start learning the value of punctuality. By being punctual we save our precious time and spend with the right things.
For me, punctuality means 'being on time' i.e. not very early and not late. Because if you say that I have to reach in a meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Delhi. And you reach there at sharp 9:00 AM but others are coming late, then you will be wasting your time only. Because for reaching timely you had to wake up early, you have to leave your home early. But the meeting will start late because it will start when the majority of people will be there or there will be a good number of attendees. Punctuality is good as it gives you time for other tasks. But I think being punctual may not work in every situation. Suppose someone is attending a meeting online or offline, and the meeting's closing time is 4:00 pm. But usually, it is seen that the meeting is running late and its closing time is stretched to half an hour or sometimes even one hour, so the one that was to be closed on 4:00 pm is now running up to 5:00 pm. In that case, you will have to reschedule the next meeting accordingly. So, punctuality can create a situation of reduced flexibility.
Further, you may feel bored also because you have completed your all tasks within stipulated timelines. So you have free time. Being punctual every time may also increase other's expectations from you. Anyway, these are some drawbacks to punctuality. But overall punctuality is good, and everyone should follow it. Because being punctual also shows that you value other's time like you value your time. So, be punctual as much as possible.
The author has described many reasons why some people are not punctual. One of the reasons is that definition of punctuality varies from one person to another. For example, a program is supposed to begin at 9 A.M. and everyone is informed about it. One person feels that it is better to be there at least 10 minutes before so that before the program begins, one can comfortably be in their seats instead of last minute arriving there and disturbing everyone. For him, reaching beforehand is punctuality. Another person feels that since the program is supposed to begin at 9:00 A.M., it is okay to be there around 9:00. For him, reaching on time is punctuality. He is present exactly at the time when he is asked to come. Another person will feel that it is okay to arrive 10-15 minutes late because it is very usual that something will hold up the show. It is because the programs never start at the exact mentioned time. For him, arriving a little late is punctuality. The definition of being punctual varies with every individual and thus, it is difficult to decide who is right and who is wrong. It is because everyone is right from their point of view.
While being punctual, it is better to not just consider one's idea or perspective. It is better to act as per the time criteria mentioned. If there is a meeting with the other person and the meeting is scheduled at a certain time, it is better to be there by that time. It is because when two parties are engaged, one must not be selfish and only think about oneself. Punctuality is an attractive quality. Not everyone can keep up with it. It is a quality that comes only to a person who is kind, humble and well-disciplined.