People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful And Live Longer, Research Finds
On 8th May 2017
Late people generally get a bad rep for being lazy and self-centered. People assume they can’t bother themselves with waking up on time or or caring about wasting other people’s time. However, there’s more to perpetual lateness than meets the eye. Read on below.
#1 If you're constantly running way behind schedule, it could be because you're an optimist.
We all have a friend or colleague, who is never on time. They don't mean to annoy us or think they're entitled to being late — it's just in their nature. While successful time management can be easy for some, others just never get round to learning the art of schedule prioritization (no pun intended).
If you're not one of those people, you're bound to be perpetually annoyed with those who always seem to be late. Unpunctuality is incredibly unpopular — especially in work life. Different cultures have different understandings of time, but especially in our Western world today being late for something is seen as rude and unprofessional.
#2 personality traits
There’s a series of positive personality traits associated with creativity that lead to their lateness and their overall unreliability. Their sense of time is out of whack. It’s not their fault, they were born this way!
#3 They are wired to be more optimistic and less stressed
You’re thinking of someone, aren’t you? Maybe it’s your best friend who just can’t get anywhere on time – or maybe it’s you. Regardless this is good news for people with bad timekeeping everywhere. Sure, you may occasionally/always be late, however there are positive personality traits that may just be a saving grace.
People who are late have a greater inability to feel stressed, leading to health benefits, but also think outside the box and look at the bigger picture. All of these things lead to greater success at work, alongside a longer life.
#4 It makes you more optimist
Optimist often tends to believe that they may have more time on their hands than they actually do. This can cause them to move slightly leisurely through life. Psychologists relate this phenomenon to “planning fallacy” which does explain chronic lateness in some people. To put simple, this theory postulates that some people consistently undermine how long a specific task will take and how much a task will take and this leads them to lateness. While it may be a little difficult to grasp the correlation between the two, it is refreshingly positive take on this habit which our popular culture look down upon.
Entrepreneurs, artists, and other visionaries are considered to be the big picture guys than someone who is too detail oriented. So what if they lose tracks of time and miss an appointment here and there, right?
They are more relaxed in high pressured situations, allowing them to grow and adapt to difficult situations. Although it is the multitasking that can make you lose track of time, it also gives you a lot more benefits than downfalls throughout your life.
The ability to multitask can also make you much more likely to achieve success later in life. The ability to cope with high pressured situations, as well as taking on numerous tasks at once can make you much more successful in a wide range of workplaces.
#6 This positivity also makes you more likely to be successful
In a study of salesmen carried out by Metropolitan Life, “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”. Their performance is better because their outlook is better.
#7 Being late isn't a sign of disrespect
We should stop scolding people who are late. They're most definitely not lazy, it could even mean they have a whole lot on their plate. Multitasking makes you lose all sense of time.
Sure, some studies question the efficiency of multitasking, but especially successful people tend to do more than one thing at the same time. Think of actor-turned-entrepeneur Ashton Kutcher for example, who is a producer, runs a viral media company and famously invests in numerous start-ups and tech companies such as Skype, Spotify, Uber, and Foursquare — all while being one of the most successful actors of our time.
#8 Positivity is what makes you tardy
If you notice you're constantly running way behind schedule, it could be because you're an optimist. Yeah, you read that right. If you're an optimist, you tend to think you have more time on your hands than you actually do. Makes sense, doesn't it?
And this kind of positive thinking is the same personality trait which makes you more successful in life: a study among salesmen shows, that optimists tend to complete 88 per cent more sales than their colleagues.
But there's more. Optimism — again: the personality trait responsible for your tardiness — makes you live longer. If you go through life with a positive attitude, your heart will thank you for not being put under a whole lot of stress.
#9 Their passing of time actually feels different
A study was carried out by Jeff Conte, an associate psychology professor at San Diego State University. Researchers carried out an experiment of A type (competitive, impatient) and B type (relaxed, creative) personalities – of which late people fall into the B category. They asked people from both groups to guess, after one minute, how much time had passed. Those in the A type category answered on average 58 seconds, whereas B types answered 77 seconds. They literally perceive time as longer that it really is.
“So if you have an 18-second gap… that difference can add up over time,” Conte told Sumathi Reddy of the Wall Street Journal.
#10 People who are late, according to cardiologists, are less likely to experience heart disease
In a study by the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, A type personalities are thought to be more likely to be high risk for coronary diseases. This is due to the higher stress levels experienced – meaning those with less worry about timekeeping are likely to avoid diseases related to stress.
Their creative causes them to think outside of the box and challenge norms. They subconsciously seek the thrill of an approaching deadline that they might not reach. This is part of their quirky charm.
They are Type B personalities. Not as competitive or organized as their Type A friends, they are not as prone to stress because of their relaxed nature. There’s also a correlation between those who love multi-tasking and running late.
Since being late is linked to creativity, maybe it’s more forgivable than we think. Creative people go on to be successful in a variety of fields, despite their unconventionality. Your late friend could become a pop star or create a new sex toy!
So next time you’re late, just tell everyone you’re being true to yourself and taking care of your body. It’s basically the truth.