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Psychology of Being Late

Psychology of Being Late

Hey guys Atilla here I’d like to tell you about the three most commonly used words I guess it’s a phrase so this phrase in the English language. You might think that those three words would be “I love you” but you would be wrong. The three most common words are “sorry I’m late” isn’t that interesting? How many people are constantly late to things. We’re not talking extremely late but usually a few minutes late anywhere from 5 to 10 to 15 minutes tops late for an appointment for a meeting start a few minutes late here start a few minutes late there.

Haven’t you ever wondered are these people disrespectful? Do they not value their time? Do they not value your time? Guess what? I’m one of those people so I had to do a little bit of work I had to figure out why was I turning up just a few minutes late every single time and what could I do about it and I discovered some interesting things so I thought I’d share it with you. So really what it is that people who are late by a few minutes such as me. I guess we don’t disrespect time in fact we value time quite a bit now think about it what’s worse showing up early and being awkward not having anything to do have to sit there on your phone have to wait I have to tap your foot I have to stare at the ceiling or is it better to just come a few minutes late and just jump right into it. I think we all know the answer to that right being a few minutes late a few minutes early often is considered a waste of time to people who highly value time so I really value my time so showing up early and missing out on 10 to 15 minutes of productivity is really not good so I’d rather just try to cut it close. If I’m a few minutes late after that usually it’s not that big of a deal but we all know that everyone doesn’t like it so I wanted to do something about that.

I want to give you some of the advice that I picked up from you know looking on the internet and maybe you can use it for yourself in case you’re chronically late a few minutes to appointments here’s the thing set it your appointment for 10 minutes early so if you have a one 1:00 you now have a 12:50 and you know that kind of put a different anchor in your mind in terms of when you need to leave to be at that appointment? what you need to accommodate or get ready for? Believe it or not if you do that you’ll actually arrive probably a few minutes early and that’s just enough to cut it. But you won’t find that out until you try it. The first step is 10 minutes early. The second step which is the most important is schedule yourself something to do in those 10 minutes so for instance, let’s say you have an email that’s been nagging at the back of your mind says hey you really need to get back to that person schedule that for that 10 minute window if you’ve fallen behind on some news that you’d like to follow maybe who knows Tesla news. That’s always exciting just say look how I’m gonna spend 10 minutes on Tesla news before that appointment starts? Let’s just say there’s something, a phone call you want to make you know you want to catch up with some family members or friends and just let them know about something that’s coming up. Hey that 10 minute window is perfect for that so scheduled that for that 10 minute window. This way you’re not losing time you’re not losing productivity time and you’re not showing up late and it’s not awkward so hopefully those two tips helped.

Let’s just recap for you number one schedule 10 minutes early because there’s a good chance that there will be a delay and you’ll end up being on time anyway but number 2 even still schedule something to do in that 10 to 15 minute window where you’re showing up early for that appointment that way you’re not wasting any time. You value time. I value time. Hopefully these two tips will help you out. I’m a Atilla and stay well out there. Aloha


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