also you have friends, relatives or colleagues who come simply always late? Or you may belong even to the people who – no matter how hard they try – just do not manage with punctuality? But why is it so and how you can learn the punctuality?

Arrogance, rebellion or simply badly organized?

Yes, there are many of these and no, it’s not just women. The problem is that people who come almost always late anecken, sooner or later, in private and especially in professional life.They have no respect for the time of the colleagues you think of themselves as more important than any other or whether a suppressed rebellion against too strict superiors – something like this often see the interpretations of others out if you never come on time.

But you should even belong to this type of person, you know that the persistent lateness yourself maybe even annoying most. Intention infected namely not usually behind the Unpünktlichsein.

Are you clock-oriented or intrinsically time-oriented?

The time researcher Dr. Marc Wittmann has this now placed a whole new, exciting thesis. He maintains that there is simply two different groups of people:

  1. People who live clock-oriented and are usually very punctual and
  2. People who live intrinsically time-oriented and prone to tardiness.

While the former group of people is more or less self-explanatory, now the question arises: Why intrinsically time-oriented people are actually so often too late and they can do nothing about it?

Why is punctuality at all important?

The theory of the time, according to the researcher every person actually lives according to an internal clock, but is geared to the external clock, because he has learned it in childhood, youth or professional lives that way. Time-oriented people always hold therefore the passage of time in view. Probably a majority of German employees clock-oriented educated.

Therefore Punctuality is regarded worldwide as one of the most famous German virtues. And look again in other countries in order, has to this depending on the culture actually a different picture: In Spain, Thailand or Brazil, you can not rely absolutely sure that the supermarket will open on time, your car repaired in the workshop the next day is or deadlines are always respected.

For a functioning economy punctuality is extremely important. This automatically means that clock-oriented people in their professional lives better chances have. Who will namely always late, may thus perhaps putting his career and good relationship with colleagues and superiors at risk.

If the internal and external clock do not match

As the name implies, intrinsically time-oriented people have greater difficulty to adjust their internal clock to the external. While there is also a look at the clock, but in the rush of everyday life or the joy of the moment is then quickly forgotten that the second hand stand not easy.

This means: look at 6:20 AM on the clock would actually going to work. Then you think of that they wanted to turn the dishwasher or they can not find the car keys, and suddenly they are already too late. Many people would now refer to as the unorganized. The problem is that intrinsically time-oriented people simply based on their body clock and this runs in a just faster and slower in others.

Can intrinsically time-oriented people are clock-oriented?

Yes, of course, can live clock-oriented and intrinsically time-oriented people with a lot of patience and practice. However, there are two completely different personality types behind these two models. During clock-oriented people usually go sober, organized and rational way through life, intrinsically time-oriented people tend to be more impulsive, emotional and take the moment more aware.

So the question is,whether one actually own time oriented person can ever be as punctual as a clock-oriented person and whether he would ever so happy? At work, the tardiness may annoy or even indeed be karrierehinderlich, but in principle bring both types of people many benefits and different qualities with them that are equally valuable to a company.

So tardiness is perfectly fine?

Does this mean, then, that you do not necessarily need to be on time as intrinsically time-oriented person?No, unfortunately not! Although the lack of punctuality in the theory is not so bad, you put so in practice often your career on the line.

In the article ” Sorry for being late: The Kingdom of excuses ” did you like my colleague Viola Booth explained the negative consequences of tardiness at work: you act quickly the reputation of being unreliable one, make characterized by colleagues and superiors unpopular and can constant lateness – even risk warnings or termination – even without any fault.

Published following at Statista survey makes it clear that even in the private sector acceptance for tardiness in Germany is rather low. While 36 percent of respondents can apply for a delay of up to a quarter of an hour yet understanding, there are at half an hour or more have only six or two percent.

But obviously does not work for all students. This is not surprising, after ticking the internal clock in each of us differently. Therefore, each person needs different mechanisms or exercises for punctuality. Try it once with the following five tips:

Tip 1: Reduce the tardiness gradually

The first way is to change not just of being late for absolute punctuality, but to grope in small increments to the new way of life. While 25 percent of women and 27 percent of men claim to have never unpunctual, give the remaining participants of a survey to be late occasionally. 37 percent of men and women are then their own account accordingly usually only one to five minutes late.

Six to ten minutes are in 30 percent of women and 26 percent of men. It is also exciting that one percent of men admit sometimes is between 31 minutes and an hour to be late. And yet, women are more commonly as the unpunctual sex.

For you as an intrinsically time-oriented person, this means that you can gradually improve by as average quarter hour, which come chronically late, to ten minutes, then five minutes and eventually maybe even five minutes before time. Look again conscious of the time and start an efficient punctuality training.

Tip 2: Use a clock

But the sheer determination alone sufficient for this often is not enough. The fundamental problem of intrinsically time-oriented people is finally the fact that they lose track of time simply. So you need a mechanism, which they repeatedly reminded to pay attention to the clock.

For this you can use an alarm clock, for example, in your smartphone. So Ensure a sufficient time buffer and set the alarm clock accordingly. It is important that you be a firm rhythm choose in which the clock announces itself over and over again. If available, you can use it to snooze mode. Ringing the alarm clock just in time and then every five minutes, you get sooner or later a better sense of the time and get used to it, consciously paying attention to them.

Tip 3: recourse to classics

Our third tip is: Set the clock a few minutes before. Yes, creatively is not this tip, but it falls more under the heading “On-time classics”. Building on the first two tips, however, he is and remains absolutely effective.

Now you have an intrinsically time-oriented person namely already learned to focus more on the time and look at the clock again. Is this then five, ten or even 15 minutes before you cheat themselves out and hurry. However, this is still another prerequisite: you must never think: “Oh right, the clock is so ten minutes ago,” because then you pry your own mechanism again.

Tip 4: Never put alarm within reach

Yes, despite the time pressure and snooze function, it sometimes falls in the morning just damn hard to crawl out of bed. So you doze even further so long to himself or sink into thoughts until you are already too late and the delay then runs through the entire day.

If you are late for every appointment, every meeting and every appointment in a day every four minutes you are then actually even somehow on time? Would you in the morning to get up on time and start ten minutes earlier in the day, you would maybe not all day over seven minutes late, but three minutes early.

The motto is therefore: Start the morning on time to your day and get the chance to master the daily routine also without delay. You have to find for a mechanism that forces you to get up in the morning time.Is well-tried for the alarm clock at the other end of the room.

Select an annoying ring tone as well as a continuous mode , ie the alarm will not turn itself off again. Sounds exhausting? Yes, but it works! You will see the latest after two or three minutes you no longer endure the banter and stand on to finally turn off the alarm. Then only applies:

  1. Not go back to bed and
  2. not to spoil the mood!

Tip # 5: Sometimes tardiness symptom rather than cause

Have all these tips do not help against the tardiness? Then it may be checked at the time whether the tardiness symptom of a deeper problem could be. It results, for example, often from a pathological procrastination , which again reflect a depression or an incipient burnout may be.

Operate so causal research. Just so you can take the original problem in attack and then get rid of the symptom “tardiness” again. You might come but also simply to the conclusion that you are an unorganized or even own time oriented person and can live with it. In this case, that’s perfectly fine and you know: They have been more impulsive, creative and experience the moment and the emotion more intense than most “punctual”. That sounds somehow good, right?

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