If you’re the one who runs chronically late, it is a daily source of stress. If you have a friend or loved one who is always late, you may be hurt, upset, and frustrated. Here are the top two reasons for chronic tardiness.
Poor Time Management
The first and most common reason is inadequately calculating how long it will take to complete tasks or drive from point A to point B. This is a person who doesn’t leave any wiggle room in their schedule and is always overbooked. These aren’t just people who are chronically past due, but they are often chronic cancellers. If tardiness is a new behavior, consider what has changed in their life. For example, if they have an infant or toddler or if they are now commuting a greater distance to and from work.
There Time Is More Valuable Than Yours
It may not be conscious, but someone who is always late finds their time to be more valuable than yours. Arriving early is never their goal because they will feel less productive if they are sitting and waiting for you. This is a person who almost always shows up but rarely apologizes if they are late because they don’t think it’s a big deal.
If either of these scenarios sound like you, decide if you want to change. If this is someone you know, decide if you can accept that they may never change.