Schedules are essential for maintaining efficiency, but it is fair to contend that breaking them is not the end of the world though. As with everything else, it is important to find the balance between punctuality and lateness.
The punctual and chronically late people are extremely different. Latecomers don’t hate waiting for others and science now proves that their tolerance has something do to with a feature these people posses: optimism.
As stated by management consultant Diana DeLonzor,
“Most late people have been late all their life, and they are late for every type of activity — good or bad.
Surprisingly little scientific research has been done on tardiness, but some experts subscribe to the theory that certain people are hardwired to be late and that part of the problem may be embedded deep in the lobes of the brain.”
If you are chronically late and everyone around you feels insulted by your tardiness, we feel for you. As discussed earlier, it is not your fault, but your lateness is simply a consequence of your personality and psychology. People who are constantly late are actually more optimistic. They assume that they can fit more tasks into short time and that are better at multitasking. Interestingly enough, there are a few hidden benefits of this trait. Although it makes them bad at estimated time, it does pay off in the long-run.
Namely, it has been scientifically shown that optimism has a wide range of health benefits, from strengthening the immune system to reducing stress. Happiness and positivity have also been associated to a longer life in general.
Maintaining a positive life view is essential to achieving personal success. Multiple studies have shown that happiness boosts creativity, teamwork, and productivity. This does make sense, as a study done at San Diego State University has also associated lateness with Type B personalities (people who tend to be more optimistic and easygoing).
Simply put, those who are habitually late don’t care about small stuff, as they focus on the big picture and look at the future as full of infinite possibilities.
Time is relative, learn to live in the moment.
Punctuality is a relative concept and time and lateness have a different interpretation in different contexts and cultures.
In the U.S, we lateness often means an insult or a sign of poor ethic. When someone is late, it is assumed that their time is more important. Americans strongly believe that money is time and time is money! In Germany, the land of everlasting efficiency, punctuality is extremely important. Interestingly, when the Russian President Vladimir Putin was late to a meeting with the German Chancellor, she simply left!
If you go to Spain, you will find that time has taken a different character there. Spanish are run by their clock and are known for eating dinner at 10pm.On the other hand; punctuality has little or no importance in Latin America. The bottom line is that we all do things our own way and that time is indeed a relative concept.