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'Jamaican time' an excuse for mediocrity

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM


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 to our 9:30 a.m. appointment at the beginning of a very busy week. This tardiness, of course, led to me having to push back my other appointments, 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 his 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 time-keeping technology available on the market, for example, our phone calendars with reminders, or the GPS, or the app 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.