Late! 6 Reasons Why Some People Are Never On Time
Every friendship group includes at least one member who is dubbed “the late one”; you might even be that person. Have you ever wondered why some people have such a hard time being on time? Why are they always late?
It’s common knowledge that being late is a bad quality. Businesses dislike it, punctual friends are irritated by it, and it can strain relationships as well. A study has found that some personality types are less timely than others. It is reasonable to assume that someone who is frequently late lacks manners or values their time more than others. And then there are those who are referred to as over-schedulers. They have a tendency to be upbeat and believe they can do everything on their to-do lists.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll concentrate on the latecomers, or people who are famous for never being on time.
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So, here are six reasons why people are frequently late.
1. Abstract objectives
People are more likely to put things off when their goals are vague or abstract than when they are clear and concrete. For example, goals like getting in shape or starting an exercise regimen are vague and therefore likely to cause procrastination. A concrete objective, such as going to the gym right after work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to spend at least 30 minutes jogging at a faster pace on the treadmill, is much more likely to inspire you to act. In addition, the absence of a clear description and other factors may make a goal seem abstract.
2. A constituent level hypothesis
According to a constituent level hypothesis, goals considered as extremely difficult are likewise perceived as relatively abstract. This suggests that if a person thinks it is unlikely that they would succeed in a certain purpose, they may view it as abstract, increasing the likelihood that they will put it off.
3. Temporal self-discontinuity
People who experience temporal self-discontinuity, also known as temporal disjunction, are more likely to be late because they believe their future selves to be distinct from their present selves. For instance, if a person believes that the negative consequences of their present diet will only become a significant problem in a few years and that it is the responsibility of someone else, they may choose to delay eating healthily, even if their doctor has encouraged them to do so.
4. Future appealing action = Long term procrastination
People frequently put off taking action in favour of a later, more appealing course of action. Unfortunately, even if the procrastinator never implements the anticipated technique, this way of thinking might result in long-term procrastination. Therefore, even though starting now would be beneficial and would not prevent them from switching to a more severe exercise plan later, a person may delay starting to exercise at home because they wish to join a gym and start a rigorous workout plan later.
5. The Planning fallacy
On occasion, people put off finishing tasks because they are overconfident in their ability to do so in the future. For instance, a student may decide to postpone starting a project with a few weeks left until the due date because they think they will have enough time to finish it later. This kind of optimism could result from underestimating the time needed to complete the relevant tasks. The planning fallacy is a phenomenon that can lead both procrastinators and non-procrastinators to assume they will finish future tasks more quickly than they really will.
6. Inability to make quick decisions
People who are unable to make quick decisions may lose their jobs. This could be an issue in a number of circumstances, such as when deciding which course of action to take or when needing to pick a specific choice before continuing with their broader strategy. For instance, if a person is unable to decide which diet to adopt, they may postpone beginning a diet. Similar to this, someone who is unclear about what to write about may delay starting their research paper.
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