Are you always ON TIME???

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@vesuvius (1677)
Philippines
March 31, 2007 6:48pm CST
Since I was young, I've had this reputation of always being punctual, or if not, at least always on time. And with that trait I am very proud. But I dont see a lot of people who's got this trait. Many people in this world are never early when it comes to important meetings and they seem not to care much about other people's time. In fact because of this, Im already feeling tired of being so tight with being punctual - because other people will surely be late anyway... I dislike this trait of other people - it's very inconsiderate and insensitive. How about you? Are you always on time? Do you consider other people's time??
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@rabi9634 (420)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I hate being late. I had perfect attendance from like 5th grade throughout high school. It was something that was just pounded in. What really got me was sports. I loved playing soccer, hockey, and lacrosse so much that I'd gladly show up a half hour earlier than everyone else if it meant I could get that much more time to mess around and play. I don't like when people are late, and have been known to continue on with plans even when not everyone has arrived. It's a hard lesson, but it needs to be learned. The world doesn't revolve around anyone, so I don't believe we should put our lives on hold to accommodate another person's schedule. I'm a lot more tolerant when informed ahead of time that "hey, sorry, I'll be running a bit late" but completely unforgiving when it's unannounced. I don't like waiting. Being punctual is very important. When it comes to business, it's enough to make or break a deal. When it comes down to it, time is money in the real world. It shouldn't be wasted. It's insulting when someone knowingly wastes my time and doesn't have an excuse or at least the courtesy to give a heads up notification so I can occupy myself until their arrival. So no, you're right on target with how you feel, and I'm 100% with you on it.
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@healer (1782)
• India
1 Apr 07
I am a very punctual person and i hate those people who are not punctual, everybody hates waiting people and i too hate to wait for people. So, i don't want people to hate me for keeping me waiting. Anyway everywhere it is same the quality of time is missed out everywhere, some people really don't care for others and they think they are very important or in other case the big people don't care for the small and if the small one is late than he is out of the job or whatever.
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@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
Like you, I also dont like waiting for other people... I do agree that some people think they're so important...
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• Philippines
2 Apr 07
as much as possible, i want to be always on time. i always give an allowance for my time to make sure that i am early or at least be on time especially when i am meeting someone. as i was telling my husband the other day, when i was in school i had never been late. if ever i get to meet someone who is known to be "always late", i make sure to adjust my time. but in the end, i'd still be earlier than the person. i hate it when things are like this. pinoys have this "filipino time" stuck in their mind so i guess this gives them the idea that it's okay to be late becuase it is a norm for pinoys. i am also a pinoy but this should be changed. i feel that there is no improvement here in our country becuase we don't try to do things better and being early is one.
• Belgium
1 Apr 07
I am always on time and I enjoy seeing that other people are also. It's about RESPECT. If you respect yourself, you'll respect others and this will make you be always on time.
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@calderon (40)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I have to be honest...I'm a very punctual person when it comes to work, meetings, or anything of that nature. But always seem to late when it comes to family things like birthday parties and holiday events. I think a lot of the times it's because I also have to get my two boys ready. But I do value other people's time and am trying very hard to improve even more in this area.
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@Calais (10898)
• Australia
1 Apr 07
I have always been early. I have never been late for anything. I wouldnt be able to stand it. I'd rather be there waiting for a while rather than be late.
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• United States
1 Apr 07
I'm a very punctual person. I like being on time and early if possible. I get very edgy even if I'm only a minute late! To me, it's all about respect. I respect other people's time so I always try to be punctual but it's hard to expect others to do the same for me sometimes. Some people just don't care. They seem to function on a different time zone. I call it the "rubberband time". They just like to stretch things so much sometimes. Tell me 10am but arrive at 11am. Then blame it on all kinds of things..alarm clock didn't ring, traffic jam, etc. All excuses!! Once or twice, I can understand. That is acceptable. But all the time...then, it's just ridiculous! Can't stand it either.
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• United States
1 Apr 07
You should not get so upset with people just because they are late! I understand how it can upset you if someone is not on time, but it is not that big of a deal. I will admit I am not the type of person that is always on time. I think people put to much focus on time and rely on it to live. Time is not everything, and there are many more important things than just being on time to something. You know how you feel when someone is late, well maybe you should consider what happened to them and the reasons why they are late. Everyone needs to just slow down with life and not be so concerned about the little things. This can make you a very stressed out person. Keep your quality of being on time but try to relax a little and not rely on time so much.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
1 Apr 07
I don't agree. I feel that when you're on your own and you want to procrastinate and take your time, that's fine. But when you've agreed to meet with someone or if someone is expecting you to be somewhere at a certain time, being late is incredibly rude. I'm not talking about being 5 minutes late. I'm talking about being 20 minutes to an hour late. It's just wrong to keep someone waiting.
@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
1 Apr 07
im always on time when on date or in meeting with other people..especially on going to work...i learned it from my husband to be on time always..i think always that time wont go back if you have missed a minute of it and wasted you cant go back and update
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
I commend your husband if you have indeed learned the importance of punctuality.. Time really cant be turned back.. Every minute counts indeed...
@nrnotrare (631)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Hello vesuvius..... I hate being late for anything, in fact I always try to be at least a few minutes early. Also, I really don't like it when you're expecting someone and they continuously show up late. Tom
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
Hi! That's just great of you... I hope more people would be like you. Please do remain the same!
@KissThis (3005)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I can't stand to be late for anything. I stop to consider how I would feel if I had to stand around waiting on someone. I would be mad as heck. I always try to be atleast 5-10 minutes early just incase something comes up.
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
I think that's very nice!!! At least you strive a little harder to be early even just for a few minutes... I believe that's rare nowadays...
@yamskee (827)
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
i used to be on time. before i see to it that i came ahead of schedule. but after experiencing several incidents that i got stood up for hours. i got tired of being on time and started to be late. now my friends are used to it. so if ever they want me to arrived on time, then tell give will inform me the schedule 1 or 2 hours in advance.
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
I really come on time whenever there is a gatherings or meetings. I'm ashame if I'm late where everybody's eyes on you when you enter. I don't also like people coming in late. It's a waste of time waiting for people who are late. :(
@sonia23 (323)
• India
14 Jul 07
yes,i am punctual
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
Don't get affected by their attitude. You must do what you think is right. Who knows, you may inspire someone to do the same. In my case, well, I'm sometimes late and sometimes not. But whenever I'm late, I always make sure to say sorry for the one who waited too long for my arrival. I know it's kinda irritating for their part so apologizing is really a must. - Ron Reyes www.ronreyes.co.nr
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Yeah I'm always on time. In my circle of friends I'm one of the person who are always on time and got the trouble of waiting for the others. I don't really see why some people love of being late.. I don't know if it gives them confidence or the feeling of being important. Whenever I get irritated by this people I always tell it to there face that they are not funny and they made the plan a whole mess.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
1 Apr 07
I am almost anal about time. I make a point to be there in plenty of time to be on time. People that leave me waiting do it once, and never again, I will not wait, if they have had an emergency they would not be coming any way. To me waiting for some one is just enabling them in their belief that they are in control and have the power to move people around as they wish. People that do not have an ounce of courage can and will be late, it is a very small way for them to feel they are in charge IE. they have to wait for me. I call it a silent manipulator. and do not let it happen to me
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
1 Apr 07
I am a guilty person here - guilty of being late sometimes! Sorry to my friends who wait for me, when I say late, only a few minutes but I am trying to improve my timekeeping skills, I promise.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
1 Apr 07
I was raised to know that when someone is expecting me to show up for something, I need to show up either on time or 10 minutes before I'm due to be there. This is because it is inconsiderate to make someone wait. It is like telling them that you don't have any respect for them and don't mind wasting their time. So I'm on time for everything. It drives me crazy when people don't respect me or my time and habitually show up late. I had a "friend" who would set a date with me to arrive at 9pm, and I'd be there waiting for her until 10:30pm. I put up with it for a while, but finally told her that I thought it was extremely rude to not make the effort to show up when she said she was going to be there, and that if my time wasn't worth anything to her, then I'd be spending that time with someone else who did. After that she tried, meaning that it was usually 9:30 instead of 10:30 when she finally showed up, but the end result is that I don't go out with her much anymore. I'd rather spend my time with someone who actually makes the effort to be with me.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I've always prided myself for being on time, but there are always other people in my life who hold me back like my husband and my kids. I think it's fine to be fashionably late, but anything more than that is rude.