The Importance of Punctuality

Evening gents! It’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here, and today I’m going to talk to you about something that I am a huge stickler for: punctuality. I always make a huge deal about showing up on time, no matter what it is. Two of my life mottos are “If you aren’t going to show up on time, why bother showing up?” and “If you’re early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late”. This applies to everything I attend; classes, job interviews, concerts, parties, and the like. Unfortunately, not many people seem to make as much of a priority out of being on time as I do. So today, I’m going to give you three (3) simple reasons why punctuality is so important.

1. It gives you more time to prepare

Now, this may not apply to everything you attend, but it can help especially if you’re participating in an athletic event or performing in a concert or play. Anyone who’s ever participated in these events has most likely had a call time, usually for a soundcheck or team warmup. However, it’s even better to show up even earlier than your call time, because it gives you more time to get warmed up if you need the time to do so. As a trumpet player, I can personally attest to this, as it can take up to twenty (20) minutes for me to completely and properly warm up, even before sound check. Or, if you’re in a play, you could have to do a quick line run-through before setting up for soundcheck or getting into costume. So, if you need some extra warmup time before your concert, play or game, just show up a bit early!

2. You can help set up for the event

Whether it’s a party, a concert, or anything in between, whoever’s hosting the event will likely be scrambling to get everything ready. If you show up early and offer to help the host set up for the event, it will not only alleviate the host’s stress immensely, but it will also help the event run more smoothly since no one in stressing over getting everything set up in time. Plus, like what I said in my post about being a better party guest (which I have linked right here if you missed it, helping the host and alleviating their stress will likely get them to invite you to more of their events in the future!

3. It shows that you care

This ESPECIALLY applies if you’re going to a class or a job interview, but it can also help in any of the other events I have mentioned above. Showing up early for whatever event you’re going to simply shows the host, interviewer or your teacher that you care about being there. If you show up late for any reason (with obvious exceptions for emergency situations like a sudden traffic accident or having to tend to an injured person), it shows that you simply don’t care about being there, which is why I say that showing up late is just as disrespectful as not showing up at all. Plus if you arrive early for a job interview, it will present a good impression to your prospective employer and you’d be more likely to get hired. Arriving to any event on time simply shows that you care and that you really want to be there!

So that’s it! If you ever thought that being punctual wasn’t important, here’s to hoping that this post has changed your mind at least a little bit. I hope you enjoyed this post, and feel free to leave a comment, follow the blog, and share this post with a friend! Also be sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to also read any of the past posts from the blog. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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