The unpunctual person is always complaining that he finds no time to answer letters, or to return calls, or to keep appointments promptly['prɑːmptli]. But the man who really has a great deal to do is very careful of his time and seldom complains of want of it. He knows that he can not get through his immense[ɪ'mens] amount of work unless he faithfully keeps every appointment promptly and deals with every piece of work when it has to be attended to.
Failure to be punctual is a sign of disrespect[.dɪsrɪ'spekt]towards[tɔːrdz]others. If a person is invited to a dinner and arrives later than expected, he keeps all the other guests and the host waiting for him alone. This is great impoliteness. Unpunctuality is very harmful when it comes to doing one’s duty, whether private or public.
Imagine how it would be if those who are entrusted[ɪn'trʌstɪd] with important tasks failed to be at their proper place at the appointed time. A man who is known to be habitually[hə'bɪtʃuəli] unpunctual is never trusted by his friends or fellow men. And the unpunctual man is a source of annoyance[ə'nɔɪəns] both to others and to himself.