Sunday, July 22, 2012

Because Punctuality Matters!





























I used to be late. All the time. 

It's like it was physically impossible for me to get anywhere on time. No matter how hard I tried, I was perpetually late for everything. And then I had a baby... and I was even more late, more often.

Pretty soon, being late had become my normal. I just expected it. Not good at all.

Since being on my own again, however, I have re-realized the importance of being on time and have since committed myself to being a more punctual person. After one full year of an honest effort, I am loving the new and improved me!

Of course I owe much of this lifestyle change to my "man friend" because he is the epitome of punctuality.

In the almost one year we've dated, Seth has been early (by about 3 minutes) almost every single time we've had something planned. The rare times he's shown up late (like twice) it's usually by no more than 5 minutes and is because of a delayed traffic light, or something completely out of his control. To give you an even better idea of his solid awareness of time, he has been admittedly late 5 times to work during his 5 years there. I should note that each and every occurrence was due to public transportation issues and nasty weather. Yes... he is that on time, all the time.

It's been SO awesome living a life with (alright, not quite that... but dating) someone who is this precise and considerate with his/other people's time. My eyes have been opened and honestly, I've had to step up my game a little bit... okay... more like A LOT!

Here's what I've learned:

When I am on time, I feel better about myself. Because I am in control of me, being on time proves that I am the master of my time. I am the master of my life! When I was always running late, I felt a victim to the clock. I spent so much time frantically rushing to get ready, speeding in the car scoping out for cops, and making apologies for my late arrival.

When I am on time, I will be known as reliable and dependable. This admirable trait will not go unnoticed, for it will prove that I can make and keep commitments. I can be trusted. I am as good as my word. I will follow through. You can count on me.

When I am on time, I am doing the right thing. Being late is just rude, especially when others are waiting on you. But if I am planning ahead and organizing my time appropriately, I am being polite and considerate. There is a sense of good that comes in being prompt.

When I am on time, I am valuing other people. By being prompt to appointments, dates, business meetings, or even a simple get together with friends, I am respecting others and the importance of their time, too. I am no longer thinking about only myself.

When I am on time, I am proving to myself and all those around me that I value MYSELF and my time!


With the exception of tardiness once and a while (usually due to elements that are completely out of my control- blocked freeway due to a car accident, Little Dude poops in his pants, or yucky storms and icy roads), I am usually a little early OR right in the nick of time to almost all of my appointments/obligations. I'm not perfect by any means, and still manage to screw up here and there, but I'm working on it very constantly!

For me, being punctual has become a priority in my life. It is so extremely important to me! I feel like I've reclaimed a sense of control that I haven't  felt in years. I feel more confident, I feel more trusted and I feel waaaay more liberated.


Gone are the days of being a slave to my own minutes. Gone are the days of being embarrassed. Gone are the days of panting for air while signing in 10 minutes late at the Gyno's office. Gone are the days of continually being disappointed in myself because I should be able to get there on time. Gone are the days of making stupid excuses and feeling stupid after saying them. Gone are the days of always feeling like I'm running.

Hello, brave and exciting and totally NEW DAYS filled with planning, precision and pride!


I LOVE BEING ON TIME!


**Are you a prompt person? Or are you typically running behind? Anything you'd like to add to my list of why you like to be punctual? Did this motivate you to make a better effort to be on time? 


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21 comments:

  1. in the military, my husband has to be "early for being early", as they say. in other words, he has to be at least 15-30 minutes early to being at least 15 minutes early for work.
    that's sortof how i've always been- i feel like i'm late if i'm exactly on time. if i arrive at a doctor's appointment only 5 minutes early instead of 15, i feel like i should apologize when i sign in!

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    1. Holy Moly! Now that is what I call being on time! SHEESH! I bet you are the queen of punctuality! lol

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  2. of course, my senior year in school i ended up having to skip first period several times to avoid getting written up for tardiness. I know, that sounds backwards but i had never been written up and wanted to avoid lunch detention!

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  3. Well, I definitely needed to read this post! I am an incredibly tardy person. I don't like being on time to things because then I have to be the one to wait for people who are late? Talk about selfish and messed up, I know! Thanks for sharing, Jacy. I think the thing about being liberated makes a lot of sense and it's the point that most propels me to try to make a change!

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    1. Haha! Sharlee... showing up late so you don't have to wait for the people who are later than you... I love it ;) This made me laugh!

      Yes, liberation.... TOTALLY!

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  4. My dad always said that it was OK to waste my own time but it was not OK for me to waste someone else's time. I hate being late--it's so rude!

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    1. Amen sista! Amen! :) I am so glad you are here, btw! Not sure if I've welcomed you yet.... so here it is.... WELCOME WJMOM! I'm so excited to get to know you better!!!!!!!!

      XOXO

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  5. This is definitely something I need to work on. I'm always doing things at the last minute, and run late often. I think that managing my time better would help in a lot of aspects of organizing my life. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It totally would Kylie.... It sure has for me :)

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  6. Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! That totally made my day :) You are the sweetest person ever, Jacy.

    I always knew being on time was a good thing and this post reaffirms WHY. One of my biggest pet peeves is lateness, especially if someone makes an appointment to see me or meet with me and they are late. With kids, I don't have allll the time in the world to be chill and wait around...times have changed, lol.

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  7. OH Jacy, Jacy.....

    I read this at 6am this morning and it made me get out of bed. Being late for my shower just wasn't acceptable and I'm absolutely horribel with getting the most from my BFF...snooze bar.

    I smiled and my day (sort of) started on time!!

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  8. Ugh, I am NOT and I HATE it!
    Your post was very inspiring, because what you said is true - the vast majority of the time, it is a CHOICE.

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    1. I agree, I agree! It is A CHOICE.... most of the time.... :)

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  9. Oh, Jacy. I am going to print this post out, blown up nice and big, and wallpaper my bathroom with it. Okay, not really. But I should. I'm late to EVERYTHING. Including going to bed right now.

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    1. Print it out Mac! My words *should* be all over your bathroom!!!!!!!!!!!! ha!

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  10. As you might've noticed I'm catching up on you latest posts (finally got my laptop back from "the shop"). Every post I read I end up thinking "That's so great/true!" This is no exception. I go through phases in the punctuality department. I used to have WAY too many speeding tickets because I was always rushing to get places (usually late). I've found, though, that since I made the concious decision to do my best at herding my herd (1&3 yr old) out the door early (which usually gets us closer to on time than early), once I'm in the car I get in the mentality of "Ok, what's in my control of being late or not is done." and I drive much safer. I love being on time (or early on occasion), but realize that if I'm not, the world will not end. It makes me feel much more in control and a much better driver.

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    1. Yes, safer driving H... soooooooo important! I've noticed that too. Thank you for that :)

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  11. I totally agree! I basically think you can sum it up to integrity. If you are there when you say you will be people know you have integrity. If you aren't there.... people don't trust your integrity. And to me, having integrity--both myself and those around me-- is the top most important trait in the world.

    much love!
    Amelia

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    1. Oh Amelia! This is SPOT ON! Integrity. I should add that to my list... perfectly said.

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