Let's face it, unless you happen to live and work in a largely polychronic culture, being punctual can be a great way to stack cards in your favor when it comes to being perceived by others in a favorable manner, whether socially or professionally. A reflection of dependability, commitment, and respect for other people's time, punctuality is seen as an admirable and positive attribute - a virtue. And in some lines of work, punctuality is even more crucial (who likes missing their flight due to a late taxi or shuttle driver?) And in addition to the social and professional benefits of being punctual, there are significant personal benefits as well:
A boost in self-esteem. No more disappointment in yourself for being late again. Being reliable and dependable towards others will make you feel great about yourself, which in itself will have huge benefits in all areas of your life.
Less stress. No more rushing, running and sweating, speeding, risking tickets or accidents, and feeling guilty. There’s nothing like peace of mind, and having extra time to be prepared for your appointment.
Respect. When you respect other people’s time by being punctual, they will (often at a subconscious level) respect you back for it, and that respect can open many doors for you in the future. Also, if people start noticing that you are becoming more punctual, they may respect you just for the fact that you are taking action, and getting positive results.
If you haven’t noticed, being punctual is a true win-win situation for all involved... So if you're chronically late, you may want to do yourself a favor, and do something about it - It may help propel your life forward in more ways than one!
For more on lateness and punctuality, check out the bPunctual Digest.