Describe a time when you were late

Describe a time when you were late Cue Card

When it was

why you were late

How you felt about being late?


1. pivotal

2. unfortunately

3. down in the dumps

4. Indispensable

5. Rare

6. unavoidable circumstance

7. fast-paced world

8. excel  (to be very good in doing something)

9. commitments

10. tend to

Well, punctuality is key to success. Everyone should be punctual in their life. As it said” if you waste your time then time will waste you.  To be honest, I am an organized person, however, here I would like to talk about a time when I got late for my passport appointment.

Actually, a couple of months ago I made an appointment with government officials in Chandigarh. It was a pivotal meeting for me. Even I set up some reminders on my mobile phone so that I did not forget it. One day before the appointment, I arranged all the documents so that I did not make any type of mistakes. Everything was final and well-managed.

Unfortunately, I am not an early bird, as well as the time of my meeting, was at 10 am. So, it was crucial for me to wake up early in the morning. As I had to reach over there one hour before the exact time.

Moreover, before that night I forgot to set alarm, and due to this reason, I woke up at 8.30 am on the day of the appointment. Then definitely, it was impossible to reach on time.

I felt down in the dumps because it was really indispensable appointment for me. In addition to this, my parents also scolded me for this. I realized that it was my mistake. I did not only waste my money but also waste my time.

Follow- ups

1.  Are you ever late for anything?

sometimes I get late for some tasks or rarely I get late for some tasks.  As I earlier mentioned, a couple of months ago I was late for my appointment.

2. what excuse do you use when you are late?

  I am usually not late for any meetings or appointments. However, if I am getting late due to an unavoidable circumstance, then I inform the person I am meeting, beforehand. I don’t make excuses.

3. What excuses do people have when they are late?

Most of the individuals make excuses regarding traffic jam, car breakdown, sickness, family emergency, having an appointment with somebody, urgent work, and so on.

4. Are you good at organizing time?

Definitely, I arrange my things systematically. I follow a fixed timetable and do my work according to it. Mostly, I prefer to make a to-do list at night which helps me to arrange things for the next day.

5. How do you usually organize time?

To be honest, I am a punctual person. However, sometimes I feel that I can forget something due to my busy schedule and I usually put reminders on my mobile phone calendar so that I do not forget any special or family event.

6. Do you think planning is important for time management?

Surely Yes, planning is essential for good time management. If we don’t plan ahead, we will tend to waste time doing tasks/things which are unimportant or unnecessary.

7.Why do you think some people pay to learn time management?
Time management has become very important in today’s fast-paced world. Some people pay to take courses on time management so that they can succeed and excel at their work. Some people are not very good at organizing and managing time, so they need to take up courses on managing time well.

8. Do you think children should learn to manage time?
 Yes, definitely. We live in a fast paced world and children too need to manage their time well, so that they can deal with the competition and do well at their studies and later, at their jobs.

9. Why do some people find it hard to follow their plans?
 Some people find it hard to follow their plans because of other pressing commitments, like family commitments. Some people maybe too lazy to follow their plans.

10. How would you teach your children time management?
 Time management can be taught to children by helping them make a timetable and ensuring that they follow it. Also, children can learn easily from stories or movies, which teach them a lesson about the importance of time and managing it well. The parents are role models for children and they should set a good example for their children.

11. Do old people and young people manage time in a similar way?

 No, old and young people do not manage their time the same way. Old people have more life experience and they understand the importance of time management better than the young generation. The young people may be too impulsive or impatient and may not understand the importance of planning ahead. Another difference is the way the younger generation manages time. They make more use of technology and the old people may use the traditional methods, like a timetable or writing down a list of tasks.