How to Never Be Late Again
Ten minutes before my alarm clock went off this morning I woke up in a panic. I dreamed that I was six minutes late for a very important meeting and I ended up getting fired because of it. This may sound extreme, but it was probably directly related to my overpacked schedule and unrealistic approach to time management. I’ve always thought I could do it all, but as the chaotic holiday season approaches, I realize that time management and punctuality are more important than ever. Scroll through to read about the time-managing habits of extremely punctual people.
They’re honest about the time things take. Most people who are chronically late underestimate the amount of time it takes to get ready. Rather than say “I’ll be there in two,” when they need to take a shower, primp, and dress, a punctual person might say, “I’ll be ready in 25 minutes.” Try tracking how long it takes you to actually get ready and then be more realistic with your timing estimates going forward.
Procrastination is not part of their routine. In fact, punctual people get things done ahead of time. This means picking out their clothes the night before, packing for a trip in advance, bringing lunch to work, etc. If you get things done ahead of time, you not only arrive where you’re expected (on time), you also get to go to bed earlier, which will ultimately help you keep up with your hectic schedule throughout the day.
They don’t press the snooze button. Perhaps a byproduct of going to bed earlier, punctual people don’t hit the snooze button. They stick to a sleep schedule and don’t delay when it’s time to rise.
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With the holiday parties filling your calendar, how are you planning on fitting everything in? What is fashionably late versus rude late? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.