Listening to a conversation between a group of professional people last week, I was amazed to hear one of them say “being late is okay because it shows that you are busy”….. I was astonished to say the least. In my opinion that idea is so old fashioned and wrong, but non the less true sometimes.

Why do I say that, it’s bad manners to be late – right? Everyone has the same amount of time 24 hours in a day: no more, no less, but it’s amazing how some people manage to do so much more with the time that they have.

Using time effectively is a sign, in my opinion, of professional efficient use of a resource that we often take for granted. If we try to cram too much into our day because we don’t plan time properly that might make us late. That’s not good, it really is bad manners. It says to your client, friend etc. That you and your time are more important than them.. Ouch!

Underestimating how long it takes to carry out a task can be frustrating but it happens to all of us from time to time. The trick is to build into your day planning time so that you can decide what to do when, allowing you to complete what is possible in the time available.

Perhaps I should invite the people I was listening to, to one of our time management workshops but that would mean I was making the assumption that his group of colleagues/associates agreed with him and that’s a whole new subject for another day. Until then plan effectively and use your time efficiently, remember we all have just 24 hours in a day so use it wisely……