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Apr 26, 2019 14:11:38

Punctuality & "Magic Time"

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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I read a book a number of years ago titled "Never Be Late Again". 

I would love to say that I've never been late since, but I've continued to struggle. Not because the book didn't offer good advice, but because I need to:

1- Invest time and effort in the advice I want to apply

2- Be patient while developing the needed skills and seeing the desired results

3- Identify my priorities when trying to develop my self on multiple fronts so that I can know when to start working on my punctuality, for example. Otherwise my attention will be drawn towards what I value more

4- Take small steps in applying what I read, otherwise the gap between knowing and doing will continue to widen

Having said all this, one tip from the book really stood out for me and it helped me identify one of the challenges I've been facing. 

It's the idea of "Magic Time": How we plan on arriving to an appointment by:

1- Expecting the best scenario (no traffic, or the average time spent at traffic, without anticipating further delays)

2- Overlooking activities that take time, such as walking to the car or finding a parking spot

The simplistic idea that our "travel time" consists only of being in the car and the road will be as expected is really "magic time" that is both unrealistic and a common source of tardiness.

Keep an eye out for magic time and you'll realize how much of an impact it has on you being on time.

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    @haideralmosawi I think a person who is punctual is also one who is willing to wait. I used to tutor, and many times I would arrive 10-15 minutes early because there were no delays. The times when there were delays I was still on time. This leads to a lot of waiting around the corner until the time comes, but it also leads to never being late. Some people may find tardiness forgivable in social settings, but it is certainly unacceptable in professional ones.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 26, 2019 08:31:05
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      @brandonwilson That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I should aim to wait where I'm supposed to be to create that buffer.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 27, 2019 00:21:21
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