“Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at the right time, it is also about taking action at the right time.” - Amit Kalantri
I’m almost never 5 minutes early for things. In fact most of the time I arrive right on time if not 1 minute late. THAT’S RIGHT. As a self-help productivity guru, I am usually almost late. For me... that is actually what I think everyone should be doing.
I respect my time to the utmost and while I respect others’ time equally it is important to note why I take such a strong stance on punctuality. As pointed out in the quote by Amit Kalantri, punctuality is not just about being on time for things. By being early to things you actually can waste a LOT of time in a year. Let me break down a simple math equation for you.
If you arrive 15 minutes early to 1 meeting/event every workday (5 days a week) for an entire year... guess how much time you are spending waiting? 65 HOURS. Yeah... that’s a lot of time. Congratulations on wasting 1 and a half work weeks of your life waiting a year.
Okay okay to be fair there is a lot of nuance to this subject and I want to give it more than just one math equation to justify my logic. The truth of the matter is, timeliness and preparedness are not the same things. If you are on time but not prepared for a meeting it shows much more than if you show up to the meeting 15 minutes early but did not prepare for it hours or the night before.
This is similar to what you see across every college campus during every midterms/finals week. There are plenty of students crowded around classrooms 30 minutes prior to their exam being given with the false feeling they are in a better position for being there early. The truth of the matter is most of them would have been better to reallocate those 30 minutes doing something else like meditating/getting into a better mental space prior to taking the exam.
What you will see instead is the majority of them cramming because they did not study enough to prepare for the exam they are going to take in 30 minutes. Do you see the difference? It’s not about how early you arrive somewhere it’s about how prepared you are leading up to the events and exams you must take part in. If it were up to me I would arrive 1 minute early for absolutely everything.
The reason for this is that outside of arriving at events I live an intentional life where my goal is to always be prepared for what comes my way. There is no situation worse than being the student without the proper pen/pencil while taking an exam who has to ask their peers to borrow one when the exam starts. By being the student who always studies beforehand and has all the proper materials you will be much better served in life than those who simply arrive at the exam early.
Have an awesome week!
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