Punctuality: An Essential Quality of Life (সময়নিষ্ঠা : মানব জীবনের একটি অপরিহার্য গুণ)
Punctuality means keeping exact time in respect of all work and appointments. In a wider sense, it denotes the habit of doing a thing at its exact time. It is a virtue by which one can make proper use of time and rise to eminence.
Punctuality is the process of proper utilization of time. If a man is punctual, he does every work at the appropriate hour. He does not miss an appointment, he is not late for the office, and he does not put off things for tomorrow.
Thus he utilizes every minute of his time and enjoys pride in his performance. If a man, on the other hand, is not punctual, he gets up late in the morning. He misses doing many things at the right time.
If a student is not punctual, he puts off his lessons, he goes to school late, does not get any room on the front benches, fails to follow the teacher from behind the class, and is held in disrepute. When the examination comes, he crams things and fares very ill in the examination.
An unpunctual man cannot complete his day's work. For not being punctual, he is fated to be doomed. Thus the utility of punctuality cannot be overstated.
Punctuality is a habit. If a man is habituated to keeping time he never becomes unpunctual. We can do things at the exact hours if we want to. In this respect, we can get lessons from the lives of great men. They were punctual in their round of work and that was the secret of their rising to greatness.
One should form the habit of being punctual from one's childhood. We can learn it at home from our parents, at madrasahs from our teachers and in society from our superiours. Everybody should take care to become punctual in life.