An extremely important habit that we must develop is
punctuality. It shows that we have given importance to the
supreme role time plays in our lives. A person who realizes
that every breath from God and every second of his life is an
opportunity to contribute to his self-improvement and to the
improvement of his society is someone worthy of being
We give our word to people, set targets for our selves, are
required to meet deadlines, make commitments that are
time-barred, promise to arrive somewhere at a certain time –
all these require due diligence and vigilance.
Punctuality is a trend that must be followed by those in
responsible positions or in authority because it is they who
set the trends in our society. Our rulers and public officials
must be dot on time. In fact, any undue slackness in this
should not be tolerated. Teachers must make it a point to
train and instruct their students in punctuality by setting an
example before them. Parents should play this role at home.
One of the greatest benefits of punctuality is multi-tasking.
We can handle several or at least a couple of tasks at the
same time without sacrificing efficiency. This is a great plus
for people who are managing other people. It accounts for a
professional approach and makes us credible in the eyes of
others. It keeps us ahead of our work and we always have
extra-time at our disposal. At the same time, it shows that we
value other people’s time and commitments.
At times weather, calamities, ailments and other impediments
threaten to disrupt our punctuality. We must try our best to
live up to our word in all these circumstances. We should be
prepared in advance to tackle any such unforeseen
circumstances and unanticipated delays. Any laziness and
indifference in this regard will be disastrous for our own
selves and for our own reputation.
All said and done, if for some genuine reason we are not able
to show punctuality, then we must make amends. We must not
only apologize to the aggrieved person but also make up any
loss it may have created.