Why Being Late Enables You to Live Longer, Healthier, and Happier
According to Diane Delonzor, time management expert and author of Never be Late Again, people who are regularly late tend to be optimistic, creative, and carefree: “many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic, and this affects their perception of time. They really believe they can go for a run, pick up their clothes at the dry cleaners, buy groceries and drop off the kids at school in an hour.”
Research by Jeff Conte, associate psychology professor at San Diego State University, reveals that people who are always late usually have type B personalities. More specifically, type B individuals were found to literally perceive time in a different manner when compared with type A individuals. When everyone involved in the study was asked how many seconds it felt like were in an actual minute that had just passed in reality, type A individuals thought about 58 seconds had passed while type B individuals thought about 77 seconds had gone by. People who are always late tend to use this “extra time” to brainstorm, or to simply reflect on anything and everything around them and within them—which often causes them to be late.
Please read the info and insights below to gain a better understanding of why some people are always late—and then consider being late a little more often yourself.
#1: Being late forces you to think optimistically.
As mentioned, in Never be late again it is explained that people who are always late must think optimistically—and positively—or else they would constantly be panicking and worrying about getting fired or broken up with (ad infinitum). Thinking optimistically will make you more productive, which will make you more successful.
#2: Being late compels you to be enthusiastic.
Once you’ve gotten the scattered and anxious feelings out of your system, the extra positivity you experience as a result of being late will cause you to be more outgoing and friendly. This will make you more successful and happier in the long run.
#3: Being late makes you more persuasive.
Once you get used to talking your way out of trouble for being late, you’ll get much better at explaining and conveying yourself in ways that are positive even when you’ve done something negative. Metropolitan Life reveals that the top 10% of the most optimistic salespeople sold 88% more than the bottom 10%.
#4: Being late makes your days seem longer—in a good way.
As discussed (and as reported in Conte Told Sumathi Reddy), all that extra time you spend brainstorming and reflecting will make every moment seem longer and happier.
#5: Being late enhances your prioritizing skills.
You make sure to get as many of the things that you need to get done finished more or less on time, and virtually everything you don’t absolutely have to do is never even worried about (and someone else almost always ends up doing these things for you anyway).
#6: Being late causes you to space out.
This can be trouble if it happens while you’re walking across the street or driving, but usually people who are always late are able to avoid these deadly scenarios. Conversely, when you space out in a safe environment, you often snap out of it feeling refreshed and driven.
#7: Being late allows you to appreciate life’s journey.
As per Lifehack, people who are always late tend to appreciate the act of living daily life itself far more than people who are always on time. Setting long-term goals is important, but if you bank on suddenly becoming happy only once your goal is reached, then you’ll miss out on a lifetime of happiness—and you may never find it at all.
#8: People who are always late usually pay a lot of late fees.
According to Alfie Kohn on Psychology Today, the tendency to be late for meetings and events also extends to paying bills and the like. This definitely isn’t a positive aspect of being late, but it’s a true one.
#9: People who are always late bend and break rules.
What can you say? You gotta do what you gotta do. These people are excellent at rushing to make it (approximately) on time and at getting more quality work done in less time period—but you’ve gotta cut a few corners on a regular basis in order to pull it all off every day.
#10: Being late causes you to live a longer life.
As alluded to, the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology indicates that type A individuals are at greater risk of developing coronary disease and dying young, partly as a result of added stress and anxiety. Type B individuals—people who are always late—are less stressed and more carefree, and they live longer, healthier, and happier lives because of it.