Eric Jerome Dickey
What is an acceptable time to be late?
My rule of thumb for how long you should wait for someone who is late is 25 to 30 minutes. It is no different for family or friends than it is for your boss or a professor. After 30 minutes, you are good to go with no apology.
What does it mean to show up on time?
When you do something on time, you do it right when you should — you’re not too late. It’s important to show up on time for a train, or it may leave without you. If you’re always on time, you’re punctual: you can be depended on to arrive when you say you will.
Why is arriving on time important?
Being on time helps you be cool, calm, and collected, and you make a great impression by showing the other person you respect their valuable time. By arriving early, you allow yourself a few extra minutes to think through your argument, and you appear more confident, poised, and in control.
What is a punctual person?
When someone says “Be punctual,” that means you better be there on time. Five minutes late won’t cut it. Some people seem to follow an appointment clock instinctively. The word punctual originates from the Latin word punctualis, which means “a point.” To be punctual, you have to arrive at the right point in time.