Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Be Timely

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Ahh Time . Talk about it. Firstly, I confess i couldn't write this post on time. Better late than never here i go without giving up .

Time is an intangible element of our life around which every aspect  on earth is realted to. Right from an alarm set in the morning to the time going to bed, time is vital.Every physics concept revolves around time. It becomes a standard reference to anything and everything.

Getting up on time, eating on time, going to bed on time are few basic things but there indeed are important to have a healthy lifestyle.It's beneficial to set the bioclock that way you see.:)

Going to school/college/official meetings, completing projects on time, taking call on time,talking the right thing at right time, pizza delivery on time, finishing an exam paper, boarding a flight on time, medication taken at right time....Sigh!! the list never ends for being timely.

Know the true value of time;
snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness, no delay, no procrastination;
never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  (Earl of Chesterfield)

      I would like to share an article by Lucried on key principles of being on time: 
  1. Plan in advance. It’s not possible to be on time on the spur of the moment unless you happen to be very lucky. Being on time requires planning, because our off-the-cuff estimates tend to miss important things that are between us and getting somewhere on time except in the simplest cases. Little problems and delays in getting somewhere are common–the greater the distance or the less familiar the route, the more they tend to happen. Really being on time requires allotting extra room in case of a little trouble on the way.
  2. Get ready first; do optional things second. Though it’s often much more tempting to, say, finish reading a chapter of a book first and then get ready to go, really committing to being on time may mean putting the book down, getting ready, and then finishing the chapter if there’s time.
  3. Know what time you have to get up to go (… or pick up the phone, log in, head to bed, etc.). Include travel time, a buffer for minor mishaps, and time to actually get out the door (because getting up from the easy chair isn’t the same thing as pulling out of the driveway).
  4. Know everything you need to do before leaving and how long those things will take.
  5. Take personal responsibility for being on time. It’s true, sometimes there are major problems that get in the way, but things like “I couldn’t find my keys” and “Traffic on the interstate was slow” usually are sidestepping responsibility rather than taking control and owning one’s own schedule and decisions.
  6. Be OK with arriving early. If you try to arrive exactly on time, you’re planning on everything going exactly as expected, which everything rarely does. If you’re concerned about not making good use of time or about being bored, bring something to do (a book, a list of things you need to think over, a meditation practice) in case you find yourself with extra time.
  7. Recognize the costs of being late, both to others and to yourself. For instance, if a meeting for five people is held up for 15 minutes because of one person, this is equivalent in some ways to making someone sit down and wait for them for an hour. Being late also diminishes others’ confidence and trust in the late person, loses opportunities that may be available on time but not afterward, makes a worse impression, creates problems with others’ schedules, etc. To adapt an analogy from Stephen Covey, building trust is like making a deposit in a bank account: each time a person lives up to responsibilities, trust increases. Each time a person doesn’t live up to responsibilities (for instance, by being late), the account gets drawn down, and if this keeps happening, it eventually gets overdrawn, and there’s no trust left at all.
  8. Accept that being late isn’t the end of the world, though. It’s not necessary to beat oneself up about being late: recognize the costs, take responsibility, and be willing to prioritize more next time. Getting too anxious about being late can make it hard to bring ourselves to focus on it long enough to conquer the problem. The past is done; we can only change what we’re doing now and plan better for the future.
                         Written for Write Tribe Festival: Day 4 #Be Timely#


  1. Time is never constant, but all our references are based on time. Funny but true.

  2. I'd never considered how much of my day is rules by doing things on time until I read your post. Great thought.

  3. Thanks Francene :) Doing things on time is so impartant isn't it?


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