I truly believe in this statement. If you don't do things on time then you can do them as much as you want, it is not going to have the same meaning. There is a saying in hindi "sona mitti kar diya". There are many examples I can give to make my point. Here are some...
- Listening - when one is talking to someone, it is really important to pay attention. If a statement requires a response and you don't respond at the right time.....well...that shows your interest in the person! If you keep ignoring them then they will get the message that you don't really care about them.
- Visiting - when an incident happens to anyone (especially a sad event, eg a death in the family) you have to visit at the right time otherwise you might as well not visit.
- Calling - some incidents require a quick call. This lets the person know you are thinking of them. And that is an important part of maintaining relationships....thinking of each other.
- Email - this is the hardest one these days as this is now the slowest kind of communication and some people don't check emails everyday. However, etiquette says that if someone has asked you something via email then they deserve a quick response. Again, if not done in timely manner, you have lost your chance.
- oh I'll get to it;
- I will do it tomorrow;
- let this person calm down - then I will call;
- there is no rush;
- this is not important (enough to justify my few minutes of time);
- why should I call? they never called me.
Don't let it happen to you! Take action at the right time otherwise there is the risk of losing relationships.
Of course you will do all these things only if you want to maintain relationships and care about people. If you take them for granted then they will also know that you mean nothing to them. In that case you can do whatever you want :-)
One last quote..."Lost time is never found again" - Benjamin Franklin