A proactive team makes a proactive business. It is usual that personal problems arise, and that life happens. However, there is much more behind tardiness. While it might seem like chronic lateness is just plain rude, time management can be harder than it looks—and often, lateness is rooted in something psychological, like a fear of downtime or anxiety.
Luckily, there are a series of life-changing tips that you can apply to your everyday life in order to make sure you create the habit of being on time.
- Schedule events 10 minutes early. If you have an appointment at 4:00, put it into your schedule at 3:50. Maybe make up a list of things you can do in your slack time in case you get in the habit of arriving 10 minutes earlier.
- Don’t do “one more thing” before you leave. Unplanned things like checking your email quickly or grabbing that last thing, will always take more time than you think — which is, after all, what you’re hoping for.
- Plan for trouble. Always add about 30% to your time estimate to get anywhere or do any task. If you need 4 hours to finish a proposal, plan for 5. If you think it takes 20 minutes to get to work, give yourself 10 extra minutes, and so on. The worst thing that could happen is that you get to a place earlier than you thought. Congrats! You now have 10 minutes of spare time.
- Prep things up for the next day. Leave your lunch ready, lay out your clothes, have your purse ready, have your keys next to the door, etc. In the morning, wake up, get dressed, grab your stuff, and go.
- Trick your mind. Set your clocks ahead a few minutes each by different amounts. If your clocks are fast by different times, you’ll probably forget what the real time is, but for sure, you won’t be late.
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