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So I’m getting ready for the show this morning and learn the first Wednesday in August is “Be Late For Something Day.”  Great idea… unless you’re headed to a job interview.

The more I thought about it, the more intrigued I became.  So I decided to do a little research into the whole “being late” thing.

Do you realize 20% of the population is chronically late?  That according to research done at San Francisco State University.

Apparently, people who are always late have difficulty perceiving how long time really is.  For instance, they believe they can get dressed in five minutes when it’s really 20.  Or swear it takes 15 minutes to get to work, but that’s only if theirs is the only car on the road and every traffic light is stuck on green.

There’s also a right way and a wrong way to apologize for being late to an event.  First of all, don’t apologize – at least right away.  Whether you’re late for work or a wedding, rushing right in to explain the delay is a big mistake.

Saving your apology for after the event will work more in your favor. Research shows people are most irritated by lateness when the disruption happens, and less bothered by it following the event.  And don’t bother to explain.  Your boss or host will be more impressed with your effort to be discreet.

One personal observation I’ve noticed over the years is that people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.  I wonder why that is?  I had a teacher once who told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate.  I said, “Oh yeah, just wait.”

Showed her, huh?

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