If you were late again, and others even criticized you for that, do not worry much about it. It appears that being late is not such a bad thing after all. Experts have found that people who are often late bear many positive personality traits. One of the factors for these characteristics is precisely being late.
They tend to be more optimistic and feel less stressed
You are thinking of someone, aren’t you? Maybe it is your best friend who is just unable to get anywhere on time – or maybe that person is actually you. Regardless this is good news for anyone with bad timekeeping skills. Sure, a person may occasionally be late, but there are some positive things about being late that may just be a redeeming quality.
People who are late feel less stressed, which certainly has health benefits, but are also able to look at the bigger picture and think outside the box. All of these factors contribute to achieving greater professional success, as well as to prolonging life.
Being late makes you more optimistic
According to Diana DeLonzor “Many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic, she said, 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.
“They remember that single shining day 10 years ago when they really did all those things in 60 minutes flat, and forget all the other times that everything took much, much longer.”, says DeLonzor in her book ‘Never be late again’.
This positivity also increases your chances to succeed
In a case study conducted by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company involving salesmen, it was found that “consultants who scored in the top 10 per cent for optimism sold 88 per cent more than those ranked in the most pessimistic 10 per cent”. They performed better because they have a better outlook.
People who are always late are more enthusiastic
People who are disorganized or often late are considered to be enthusiasts. According to the Enneagram Institute, the weaknesses of enthusiastic persons include being ‘over-extended, scattered and undisciplined,‘ however their positive traits include being ‘extroverted, spontaneous, high-spirited and playful’.
Their passing of time actually feels different
A study carried out by Jeff Conte, an associate psychology professor at San Diego State University came up with interesting results. The team of researchers conducted an experiment with A type (competitive, impatient) and B type (relaxed, creative) personalities. Late people fall into the B category. The researchers asked subjects from both groups to guess, after one minute, how much time had passed. Members of the A type category answered on average 58 seconds, while B type persons answered 77 seconds. Evidently, these people literally perceive time to be longer that it actually is.
“So if you have an 18-second gap… that difference can add up over time,” Jeff Conte explained to the Wall Street Journal.
And multitaskers also perceive time more slowly
Jeff Conte also examined 181 subway operators in New York City. His findings were that those subway operators who often multitasked also tended to be late more often than their colleagues.
They are often completely engaged in their activities, which makes them lose track of time
Think of your favorite friend who always seems to be late. Is her or she a type of person with interest in a many people, and tries to engage in too many hobbies? As Lifehack.org says, the reason for people being often late is because they’ve been “engrossed in another activity that is fascinating or wildly interesting” which has placed them in “another zone”.
Late people don’t make a big deal when others are late, as they can see the bigger picture’
Minute details do not seem to bother the B type persons. In such situations then think because I would be alright with others being late, it’s OK if I’m several minutes late (which is probably not).
They have more spontaneity
Due to the laid-back nature of a B type personality, late people don’t worry a lot about flights, train times, or booking hotels. They “will just throw some items in a suitcase and head out, figuring out where to eat and sleep along the way. There is far more adventure in that.”, according to Lifehack.org.
And are also worse with finances
“People who are late, but genuinely don’t mean to be – the ones who want to be considerate, often live in the moment and find it hard to save for the future”, says Alfie Kohn for the U.S. magazine Psychology Today. Some people “can’t summon the self-control to be on time” meaning that person “probably has trouble getting his or her act together in other ways as well – say, around saving money or saying no to junk food.”
They like to beat norms and targets
People who are late never tend to follow instructions, reason in a linear fashion or fully trust their Google Map estimation. This means that these persons think outside of the box, making them able to deal with issues using unconventional – and often better – methods. According to author DeLonzor, one could be ‘a deadliner’ – someone who is: “subconsciously drawn to the adrenaline rush of the sprint to the finish line”. Or that person could be ‘a producer’ – someone “who gets an ego boost from getting as much done in as little time as possible.”
They have lower risk of heart disease, cardiologists say
A 2003 research study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, found that A type personalities are thought to have a higher risk of developing coronary diseases. The reason for that the higher stress levels they’ve experienced. This means that people who worry less about timekeeping are likely to avoid stress-related diseases.
Share this article with all those you know are often late. It may change their perspective a lot!