You are only going to be 5 minutes late to that meeting.
You’ll just sneak in.
That report is going to be a little late.
No one will notice.
Wrong. It’s not that simple.
You have a time management reputation, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.
What is yours? And what does it say about you?
Are You In Denial?
Everyone has a time management reputation…
- What do others say about your punctuality?
- What do they think about your reliability?
- Do they believe in your ability to deliver on schedule?
Many people who are constantly late think it is not a big deal. They think they will just do it better next time.
But, it is a big deal.
Your professional reputation rides on your behavior and actions much more than you may think.
It’s Always the Same People
When starting a meeting recently, there were two people missing. The organizer asked who was missing. Someone quickly answered. The whole room groaned.
Why? Because it was the same two people who are always late. (Is it you?)
The same is often true of deliverables, projects, and reports. It is almost always the same people who fail to meet deadlines.
Many of these individuals do not take much worry in their lack of productivity, punctuality, and performance. However, their behavior precedes them…
- Do you think these individuals will be counted on for important tasks?
- Do you think they will advance into areas of greater responsibility?
- Do you think they will be considered a top performer?
Before you blow off that deadline, or show up late to that next meeting, consider what your behavior is saying about you and your performance.
Actions often speak louder than words, and your time management may have colleagues and friends saying uncomplimentary things about you.
Be proud of your punctuality and reliability. Take pride in your time management reputation and what it says about you.
What does your time management reputation say about you?