Value of Punctuality
Discipline is the very essence of life. Punctuality is an important part of disciplined living. A man who is always punctual never misses any opportunity in life. A man who is late misses the bus every time. An unpunctual person not only disturbs others but also find himself in the list of laggards. Nobody in the world cares for those who do not know the value of time. “Time is money” is well-known, time-tested saying. Anyone who is behind time is always try to reach an appointed place before the fixed time so that you are never late. Those who are late put themselves and their well-wishers to shame. We should, therefore, learn to be punctual in life.
Essay No. 2
Punctuality is a habit which must be cultivated by every cultured person. It is the mark of civilization and culture. It has been rightly called ‘ the soul of business’. In our daily life, we have to attend to various types of business. This brings us in contact with other people. We hardly realize that in being late, how much annoyance and worry we unnecessarily cause to others and make them suffer on account of us for no fault of theirs.
Nelson used to say that he owed his success in life to punctuality. If a man has various duties to attend to, he must needs be punctual, otherwise his life will be a failure.
It is no easy thing to be punctual. It requires a man all the energy to regulate his life. if he wants to be punctual in every business. Unpunctuality invites trouble and worry. A man who is punctual and keeps his appointment is sure to be held in high is punctual and keep s his appointment is sure to be held in high esteem by others. Every own has confidence in him. Everyone trusts him because he keeps words. Sometimes people lose golden opportunity in life due to being late by a few minutes.
Punctuality is a necessary habit in all public affairs of civilized society. Without it nothing could ever be brought to a conclusion, everything would be in a state of chaos. In ordinary living these can be some tolerance of unpunctuality. The over – punctual can be a trial to others as the unpunctual. The guest who arrives half an hour, too soon is the greatest nuisance. It is an irritating habit to suffer. If you are catching a train, it is always better to be comfortably early than even a fraction of a minute to be late. Although being early may mean wasting a little time, it is better to waste some time than to miss the train and wait an hour or more for next train. It is also not good to reach the station when the train is drawing out of the station. Here punctuality means to be in good time on the platform to catch the train.
In society unpunctuality is considered a name of rudeness or a symbol of uncivilized manner. This unpunctuality reminds us of the words of Washington who, said to his secretary “Sir, either you must get a new watch or I must get a new secretary.”
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Punctuality is the characteristic of being able to complete a required task or fulfill an obligation before or at a previously designated time. "Punctual" is often used synonymously with "on time". It is also acceptable that punctual can also, be related to talking about grammar, mean "to be accurate".
An opposite personality trait is tardiness.
According to each culture, there is often an understanding about what is considered an acceptable degree of punctuality. Usually, a small amount of lateness is acceptable; this is commonly about ten or fifteen minutes in Western cultures, but this is not the case in such instances as doctor's appointments or school lessons. In some cultures, such as Japanese society, and settings, such as military ones, expectations may be much stricter.
Some cultures have an unspoken understanding that actual deadlines are different from stated deadlines, for example with Africa time. For example, it may be understood in a particular culture that people will turn up an hour later than advertised. In this case, since everyone understands that a 9 pm party will actually start at around 10 pm, no-one is inconvenienced when everyone arrives at 10 pm.
In cultures which value punctuality, being late is seen as disrespectful of others' time and may be considered insulting. In such cases, punctuality may be enforced by social penalties, for example by excluding low-status latecomers from meetings entirely. Such considerations can lead on to considering the value of punctuality in econometrics and to considering the effects of non-punctuality on others in queueing theory.
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