Whether it’s for work or school, an appointment to the dentist or even showing up for a date, some people can never be there at the scheduled time. It’s a chronic disease that afflicts them, no matter how important the event is. Psychologists have studied this phenomenon but there are no conclusive reasons. At best, they have come up with hypotheses and theories.
- You don’t like where you’re going to. Even if it’s a daily destination, like your office or school, you may subconsciously have ambivalent feelings towards going to the place. It could be a dislike of your boss or office mate, or a teacher. You defer the time for leaving the house for as long as you can get away with it.
- You underestimate how long you can get a task done. You think 30 minutes is enough to shower, get dressed and grab a quick bite, but it takes an hour. Or you start a DIY project at home before your doctor’s appointment and you get so engrossed that you forget the time.
- You look forward to the adrenaline rush. You can’t lift yourself out of bed unless you know you’ll be running late. Then you scramble to prepare for work or school. You’re aware of it and have tried to change – unsuccessfully.
- You get fired from your job. Habitual lateness is equated with inefficiency and willful disregard for company policies if your work requires a fixed time schedule. To add to the problem of losing your job, you may not be given a letter of recommendation to show to future employers.
- You can get your driver’s license revoked or suspended if you are caught going over the speed limit. According to http://thenelsonfirm.com/ , a law firm in Texas, it’s possible to ask for an occupational license but there are limitations to it and it is subject to certain conditions. Besides, an occupational license has severely limited options for driving.
If you always drive faster than the legal limits to avoid being late and you have been convicted several times, the state may refuse to give you an occupational license.
3. If you are a student who is always late for classes, the school may classify you as a truant and impose disciplinary measures in accordance with their policies. Truancy is official and may go on your school records, diminishing your chances for better employment opportunities.
4. You will be perceived as inconsiderate, disorganized and selfish. Your co-workers and friends may not tell you directly but they will see you as such.
5. Your friends may stop inviting you to seminars, community events and other affairs that require punctuality because they will be held accountable for your lateness. You will miss out on many opportunities.
If you are a chronic latecomer, it’s time to get your act together. Plan ahead. Prepare yourself early so you don’t rush. Choose your attire beforehand. Give your usual travel time to a destination 30 minutes more. Allow for the unexpected – heavy traffic, car breakdown, etc. when you conquer your late habit, you’ll realize how much less stressful you’ll feel.
Marie Miller studies psychology because she is intrigued by different personalities and how they come about.