Thoughts on tardiness…


Recently I got confronted about my constant tardiness. It was humbling to say the least. I hate getting called out on stuff (even when I know I deserve it – especially when I know I deserve it). I have been well-aware for years that time management is not my strong suit and for the first time in my life I am actually trying to do something about it. I heard from a friend that at his job, employee’s get docked in pay for being late. That would definitely get my attention. My friends and family have shown me grace throughout the years, but it’s the tough love that has finally kicked my butt into gear.

Here’s what I’ve learned about being late and being on time:

Being late disrespects the person you are meeting. I had never thought about it that way until a perpetually early friend told me that’s how he feels. I certainly don’t mean to be disrespectful. I just assume everyone is okay with my timetable but why would they be? If we say we’re meeting at 6:00pm what would ever give me the impression they are okay with 6:15pm?

Being late is the same as not keeping your word. If you say you’re going to be somewhere at a certain time, you’ve made a commitment. Keep it.

Being late is stressful. I am constantly rushing around which often leads to absentmindedness and added anxiety I don’t need in my life.

Being on time means you’ve allowed a few extra minutes to get places which decreases your chances of getting a speeding ticket which decreases your chance of being humiliated on the side of the road which decreases your chance of having to pay hundreds of dollars paying it off which decreases your chance of having to hire a lawyer… must I go on? (See Prayer for Judgment to understand this rant).

Being on time is peaceful. Recently as I’ve made more of an effort to be on time, I have been able to slow down and smell the roses. They smell good.

My record hasn’t been perfect the past few weeks but I am improving… and as a result I have been less stressed, less rushed, less guilty and generally a happier person. Try it.


  1. Carrie says:

    :) Dr Phil said that habitual tardiness is an indicator of “an over-inflated sense of self importance.” I heard this maybe 11 years ago, and have never forgotten.

    LOVE the honest blog post!

  2. That’s a great thought… thanks for sharing!

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