Being an INTJ, you can pretty much count on me showing up on time with everything I need. Somebody that organized often drives other people insane.
But on the other side, people who are late, and especially habitually late, drive me nuts. I once had an employee who was exactly 20 minutes late every morning for work. I coached her about her tardiness. She said she couldn’t help being late. I said – get up 20 minutes earlier. She did–and was still late. I changed her hours, and she was still late. To my relief, within a few months she transferred to another office. Eventually she left the company. She could never manage to get to work on time.
Why are people chronically late? For some, I think, it’s time management skills, others ambivalence, anxiety or some other internal psychological state.
According to Diana DeLonzor, author of “Never Be Late Again” (Post Madison Publishing) and a former late person, many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic, she said, and this affects their perception of time. They really believe they can go for a run, pick up their clothes at the dry cleaners, buy groceries and drop off the kids at school in an hour. They remember that single shining day 10 years ago when they really did all those things in 60 minutes flat, and forget all the other times that everything took much, much longer.
Do you think this is the case–that people who are late all the time really don’t have a good grasp of time?