Punctuality a virtue, shows discipline, dependability

Millionaire and serial entrepreneur Dan Kennedy believes punctuality separates the haves from the have-nots. His mantra is, “Time is money”.

Kennedy constantly talks about the one habit you should stick to without fail, in order to be successful – punctuality.

Since the world encountered Covid-19 in early 2020, many view time differently, especially those who had to work from home.

Two years on, as we continue to live with Covid-19 and slowly get back to ‘normal’ life, many of our essential basic routines are slowly, and surely, taking a back seat.

One, is punctuality.

Being punctual is not just about arriving early for events, work, school, leisure, or business.

Punctuality is about developing the habit of attending to a task, and finishing on time.

I am a stickler on how I use my time. I plan my day to ensure I do as much as possible.

Recently, this habit helped me earn my PhD while running Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School.

The struggle to keep to my schedule was challenging, but I kept to it and was resolute about meeting every deadline.

Punctuality is also about having integrity and respecting an individual’s time, and the time set by your workplace or school.

When you show up late, you have broken a promise. You are saying to the other party, “You are not important enough for me to be on time for you”.

It demonstrates that we do not value other people’s time. How would you feel if someone was late to meet you?

If you treat others with respect, they will do the same with you.

Being punctual also shows everyone that you are dependable and have good time management skills.

Those are traits organisations look for in leaders. Not everyone possesses this virtue. That is why it is so highly prized.

Being on time, or finishing your tasks on time, helps you stand out.

Punctuality is a habit we can develop or learn from a young age. It enriches the personality of a person and helps to boost their confidence.

Schools must not only focus on students’ academic growth, but also on their growth as well-rounded young people that will make a difference.

Life skills are essential lessons for children, and among them, schools teach them to be punctual so that when they graduate, they will value time.

We cannot get back the time we have lost.

So, let us work towards attaining peace of mind and satisfaction in our daily goals by being punctual.

Remember this quote by author Eric Jerome Dickey: “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!”

This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Twentytwo13.

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