The Importance of Punctuality in Life
Most people regard lateness as a minor and pardonable offence and sometimes show up to engagements intentionally late, expecting the other party to easily forgive them. This attitude towards time is very common among young people and people without demanding or busy schedules. Being late communicates more than â€˜something held me back for a few secondsâ€™, it speaks volumes about your character, it has the ability to negatively affect the success of a mission and create an unfavorable reputation that would last many years.
When we are the one running late to a muster or other meeting we automatically expect to be forgiven and see ...view middle of the document...
It makes sense that we devote our time to things we consider important, thus people are honored when people report on time for meetings it means the meeting is important to us. Even worse than being late is being late with excuses, this only adds to an already questionable reputation because we shift blame to some other individual or process. If you are running late and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, it is best to contact the other person and inform them of your situation.
One of the great values of punctuality is that it gives discipline to life. We have to get up in time. We have to do things at the appointed time. All these entail a certain amount of sacrifice. It gets rid of laziness and removes our â€˜take-it-easy- attitudeâ€™. A disciplined person very often gets recognition and social acceptance. He is wanted and appreciated. Therefore, punctuality can make us socially acceptable people. Another significant benefit of punctuality is that it provides plenty of time to do our work correctly and properly. Doing things hurriedly or haphazardly can have disastrous consequences. When we do things in time, there is a much better chance that they end up better in the long run.
It is well accepted that being on time and ready to work will make you a more productive and well respected member of any organization. The same is true in the Navy. However that is not the extent of the importance of being punctual in the military. All sailors must be accounted for. My being at the appointed place at the appointed time is critical to all levels of the chain of command.
My supervisor is responsible for my whereabouts during working hours and my POOW is responsible for my whereabouts when I am scheduled for watch standing. And up the chain it goes from there. If I am not where I am supposed to be when I am supposed to be there then they are not able to account for me. They then have to report me missing to the chain of command. If they then are not able to make contact with me, a search must be made. This costs valuable man-hours and unnecessary hardship on my shipmates. As a vital member of this organization, when I am not at my appointed place those around me must take on the tasks that I would be doing. Being punctual, for any...