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The Importance of Time

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 11:03 PM


Time is valuable. Time is money. Yet, Jamaicans still have no respect for time, and by this I mean being on time.

This week I was made to wait on a client to arrive. He arrived 45 minutes late for our 9:30 a.m. appointment, at the beginning of a very busy week. This tardiness, of course, led me to push back my other appointments and essentially throwing off my entire day.

Why is punctuality such an important thing? Because being on time reveals certain things about a person's discipline and integrity. The discipline of being on time shows that one is good with time management - a required skill in many professions. Being on time demonstrates one's integrity because it shows that you will fulfil your part of the bargain. If you had a mutual agreement to meet someone at a certain time, you will be honouring your agreement and showing that you respect them. These persons have given up other obligations and activities to meet you at a specific time. Punctuality means you will arrive on time and that you are dependable.

We use the excuse 'Jamaican time' for our lack of punctuality as a nation. This should not be the case, however, especially with so much timekeeping technology available on the market. For example, our phone calendars with reminders, or the GPS to calculate the time to travel a certain distance, etc.

With this in mind, 'Jamaican time' should no longer be an excuse. As we move forward as a nation, let us show the world that we have matured as a society - one where the value of time is respected.

Lisa-Marie Elliott