Punctuality In the Community

vs. tardiness

Showing respect for others by doing the right thing at the right time

To practice Punctuality I will:

  • think of the impact my tardiness has on others
  • prepare for unexpected delays
  • do my work ahead of time
  • plan a daily schedule and stick to it
  • not fall into the trap of “just one more”

    “We’ll Be There at 2:00 PM”
    -Jill W Tomey

    Every summer, my parents would plan a trip from Cincinnati, OH to Cocoa Beach, FL to visit relatives. The trip takes about 16 hours by car and they would divide the trip into 2 days, staying at the same hotel in Perry, GA overnight. They always planned to arrive around 2:00 pm and invariably they would make that time within about 15 minutes each year. It never failed to amaze me how year after year, they were always on time. How did they do it? Planning and flexibility. They had a schedule and stuck to it. They allowed time for reasonable delays but if something got in their way to really delay the schedule, they were mindful to get back on track. If there was construction and it slowed them down, they made up for it with shorter meals and stops. If rainy weather was expected, they left earlier. Being on time governed every decision from the time they left the driveway until they arrived. I remember one year, the Triptik showed an unusual amount of construction on the route for day two. They discussed several alternate plans but in the end, decided to adjust their arrival time to later in order to account for it.

    One of our activities this month is the Hunt for Punctuality where the students are guided in how to discover the reasons for being late by looking at earlier behaviors that led to the last minute issues. For adults, it could be binge-watching just one more episode making the snooze alarm that much more enticing. My parents give us a good example of how earlier behaviors lead to success.

    This month, how can you use planning and flexibility to be Punctual?