A few weeks ago my family and I had a crazy morning. In a strange turn of events, my husband’s cell phone alarm didn’t go off, my Fitbit alarm didn’t work, one of our teenage daughters overslept and the other one was sleeping in because she had a late start schedule that morning at school.
If you can relate to this situation you can likely predict what happened next.
My husband, who is never ever late for work was the first to wake up and discover what time it was. Then he woke me up to break the news.
From there, things were fairly chaotic as we all rushed around to get ready for the day. I literally had 10 minutes to drive Emma to school. I’m not sure how we pulled it off, by the grace of God for sure. And perhaps the absence of the highway patrol (yikes). Either way, we made it on time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone comb their hair and brush their teeth that quickly before!
Needless to say, that night before turning in, we set back-up alarms for our alarms so we could avoid what happened from repeating itself.
Are You Chronically Late?
Being punctual is crucial if you want to live a successful life and be the best version of yourself. Learning tools to help manage your time and plan ahead can really boost your ability to be on time. As you might have guessed, this issue is not uncommon. Many of us have trouble getting where we need to be at a specific time. In fact, one U.S. survey revealed 15 to 20 percent of the population is “consistently late”, especially regarding work.
So whether you’re chronically falling behind or simply show up tardy every once in a while, this article is for you.
20 Insider Tips For Being Punctual
- If you’re like me and need a cup of coffee to help you wake up in the morning, prep your coffee maker the night before so all you have to do is press start. Also, some coffee makers have a timing feature so you can set it to brew your coffee while you’re still in dreamland. Then, voila…when you awaken from your deep slumber you will have fresh coffee ready to enjoy.
- Plan ahead the night before by making a to-do list for the following day. Make this part of your evening routine.
- Lay out the clothes, shoes and accessories you plan to wear in the morning.
- Prep your breakfast and lunch so you can grab it and go.
- Keep your car keys in a designated place to avoid having to search for them when you’re short on time.
- Set multiple alarms (speaking from experience here). Use timers to help you stay on track with a variety of tasks throughout the day.
- Wake up when your alarm goes off the first time and get out of bed. Just do it.
- Set reminders for appointments and meetings ahead of time.
- Avoid over-commitment. Learn how to say no. It’s better to do a few things well than juggling too many activities and being stressed out all the time.
- When it’s time to leave stop what you’re doing and focus on the next event. Avoid getting distracted by other commitments.
- Avoid traveling during peak hours if possible. This can help you avoid traffic jams and other delays.
- Use your time wisely. Seizing a few extra minutes throughout your day can help immensely. Maximizing your time helps you meet deadlines, complete tasks and prevents you from having to rush from one meeting to the next.
- Keep your car full of gas so you aren’t delayed because you have to fill up.
- Keep a calendar to record all your upcoming events in the same place. If you prefer a paper calendar, use that. But if you like using your device consider keeping your schedule on a phone app. Or consider using Google Calendar. David and I both use it and it allows us to sync our calendars and share them with each other. This makes it easier for us to plan family events.
- Remember, being on time shows respect for others. Punctuality is just plain good manners.
- Plan on being early. Giving yourself a buffer is important because you can’t always predict traffic jams or other situations that could slow you down.
- Eliminate distractions such as loud noises, excessive talking and T.V when possible.
- Relax your expectations for how events should go. Don’t be a perfectionist. Lighten up and events will tend to go more smoothly.
- If you’re traveling, plan ahead and know exactly where you’re going. A GPS or Google Maps can help with this.
- You can be on time! But, life happens and sometimes an emergency comes up that must be dealt with immediately. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time always communicate that you’re running behind.
To Sum Up
Most of us don’t enjoy the consequences of being late. It causes stress, loss of productivity, irritates others and can make your boss angry too; And who wants that?
Practicing the tips for being punctual above can help you create new habits for being on time. And who knows, you might even impress your friends and family with your newly discovered punctuality!
What tips do you have for being on time?
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