Punctual people convey 2 things- 1. They respect their own time and care enough to plan their day to make sure they are in time to meet you 2. They respect your time.

Most leave to be on time, thus always late.

If I could take the liberty to bucket the universe in different parameters of punctuality, 4 categories emerge:

1. Always late
2. Selectively punctual- They reserve punctuality for only official settings. They make it to office meetings on time but take their relatives and friends for granted.
3. Always punctual
4. And then- there’s another group of rare few. The ones who are 5 minutes early to a meeting. If you know such people, treasure them.

It’s worth reflecting which category we belong to. Personally, I am taking a conscious effort to move from category 2 to 3. It’s not easy to be on time. But if you care enough, it becomes less difficult.