watchesOWENSBORO, Ky. (10/31/13) - I recently read an article in the Huffington Post, entitled “How Did It Get to Be ‘Ok’ for People to Be Late for Everything?”, and it got me thinking about my personal etiquette practices.

I am completely deserving of the HuffPost’s prototype of the unpunctual. The model of this type of person uses excuses like “I’m on the way”, or the more believable: “I’m five minutes away”, when in reality, the mate is going to be waiting another 15-20 minutes completely agitated. When I say this, even when I haven’t actually left the house, it makes me feel better that the person knows I haven’t flaked out on them altogether. I guess you could consider this a “lie”, but you have to remember the thought process of a person, who is always late, is slightly backwards than our prompt counterparts.

To smooth things over with a person that is understandably irritated at me when I’m 20 minutes late to our coffee date, I have learned over the years that if you’re going to use an excuse, make it a good one. Traffic is always out of your control.

“I can’t believe they still haven’t opened up that bridge! I had to take a detour all around the city!” is a good excuse.

This especially works for city constantly under construction, like mine. Telling the person that you weren’t conscious of time because you couldn’t roll yourself out of bed and away from the Law and Order: SVU marathon you‘ve been watching for 12 straight hours, however true it may be, it is NOT a good excuse.

As I continue to rack up frequent flyer miles for being consistently tardy for absolutely everything, I read the article with embarrassment. I guess I was unaware of the implications of my less-than-punctual lifestyle. The article described these actions as selfish, rude and inconsiderate; a character flaw. I guess it’s not exactly a good thing that people cheer when I’m finally on time, or they tell me an earlier time for an event than everyone else.

I began strategizing to modify my unreliable ways, and I wasn't really sure where to start. Is it really something I can change? I Google’d, “How to not be late” and I got some helpful suggestions. Most of them said things along the lines of “figure out how long things really take” or “prep before”; even “prioritize your time”. It seems easy enough, I guess.

I’ll try these things and keep you updated. For now, I’m late for an interview. If you have any suggestions on how to not be constantly late for stuff, contact me: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Two Vehicle Collision Sends One to Hospital

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/1/15) — A two-car collision at the intersection of North Main Street and Stagecoach Road resulted… Read More

Summer Youth Art Camp: July Sessions Now Open

PADUCAH, Ky. (7/2/15) — Since our June sessions filled so quickly, we have opened two more sessions of Summer Youth Art… Read More

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 13298

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4694

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 3963

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 3543

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3484

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45003

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 13298

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 02, 2015 13298

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 3963

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 2930

Police Seeking Public Help in Locating Subject…

by SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 1531

Two Vehicle Collision Sends One to Hospital

by SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 1477

Tyson Foods to Add 91 Jobs, Invest $8.2M at…

by Kimberly Tarter
July 01, 2015 1458

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 2, 2015

by Crime Stoppers
July 01, 2015 1233

Goodman Revival Fills 'Praise in the Park' with…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 1095

Juried Art, Photography Exhibit Open at Glema…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 988

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 766

Muhlenberg Allstars 11-12 Year Olds Take down…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News