I'm really good at being late. I'm also really good at getting behind in work...hmmm, kinda like...now. You'd think college would help me practice time management skills and help me to overcome these dastardly lateness. Wait, it's college. Pff. It only makes things worse.
I used to be very good at time management in high school. Although I had barely any free time, I managed to finish my homework at least. Where did I get off track?
Could it be the influence of my teachers? I used to visit my teachers maybe once a week or more in high school. In college, I'm lucky if I can catch those escape artists in their offices. "Come to my officer hours!" they said. "I'll be there," they said. *shakes head* Most of the time, they're not there. Maybe I've just missed them and shown up too late.
There's a running joke about people in Louisiana. They say that if you want to start a meeting at 8:00 A.M., you need to tell everyone to be there at 7:30 A.M. Yesterday at Relay for Life they did indeed start at 5:30 P.M. when they said they were going to start at 5:00 P.M. *Dun dun Tsk*
I find myself distracted or too exhausted to show up on time. I only had three hours of sleep Thursday night, so I decided to nap until 4:45 after class, which made me arrive later to Relay for Life than I originally planned, but that's okay because they didn't start at 5:00 P.M. anyway. I got lucky.
In the world outside of the college bubble, bosses expect you to arrive on time. In fact, they probably subscribe to the philosophy, "If you're on time, you're late. If you're five minutes early, you're on time." I know at my mom's work, late employees get a firm talking, and if they're late multiple times, they get fired (except the boss, but the boss can't exactly fire herself. Her supervisor has to do that).
Something as simple as being on time can affect how stressed your are, how much sleep you get, what others perceive of you, and a bunch of other things. When I talked to the career services advisor, she told me not to overlook simple details like dedication, responsibility, and being on time. Apparently, employers really like when you're there at the right moment to do your job.