Do you have a bad habit of being late?
Do you find yourself frantically running around in the morning trying to beat the clock? Then, driving 90 mph to get to work, school, or an appointment on time!
I get it! I think we have all been there at least a couple of times in our lives! Running late can be one of the most stressful situations, and cause you to greatly fall behind on your plans. Sometimes it’s unintentional and things to happen without our control, but other times, running late can be very avoidable! As long as we stick to a set schedule and are well prepared!
It’s important to remember that YOUR punctuality affects others and their time as well!
Being punctual shows that you value and respect the time of others, that you’re responsible, and that you have a good work ethic. It also shows that you have integrity, commitment, and are highly dependable.
No matter where you work, you will always gain the respect of others when you habitually show up on time and prepared for the day! As Cindy Crawford has stated, “tardiness is the biggest disrespect.”
So, let’s break this habit and learn the simple ways on how to always be on time, beginning with today!
How to Always Be On Time Starting Today!
1. Be prepared
The number one way to always be on time is to always be prepared! Preferably the evening or full day before!
Have your outfit picked out the night before, have your food (including your breakfast) pre-made, have your bag packed, and have enough gas already in your car!
If you are commuting, especially to a new place, be sure to overestimate your time! Even if you put the address in your GPS ahead of time. Look at how long it will take you to get there and add an additional 15 minutes to the given commute time.
2. Never hit the snooze button in the morning
Hitting the snooze button while often result in making you feel even more lethargic, groggy, and unmotivated. Leading to a lack of productivity throughout the day. The extra 9 minutes of sleep that you get by hitting the snooze button comes in small batches, and it is not quality sleep. It can actually do more harm than good to your body. Disrupting your REM cycle and causing you to feel more tired throughout the day.
Check out this post from Sleep.org for tips on how to easily stop hitting the snooze button!
If you have the reoccurring habit of hitting the snooze button more often than once each morning than that could be what’s causing you to be late. You end up getting a late start to your morning routine and you feel more unmotivated to get up as you continue to keep hitting the snooze button.
Don’t set yourself up for failure in the very beginning! Wake up at your set time, or even earlier than you planned! You’ll set yourself up for a more productive day, and you’ll have more time to drink extra coffee in the morning as well!
3. Have an “end time” and resist the urge to “keep working”
Set an alarm for this as well!
When your alarm goes off, commit to that set timer and stop what you’re doing. If you have to leave the house to get to your next task, then leave immediately. Save your work on your computer or stop doing whatever task you are currently doing, and make plans to continue your work/task later on!
Often times, those who are late tend to get caught up in a project and then find themselves finishing that specific project way later than expected, or later than they previously planned. On the other hand, those who are more time-conscious make a major effort to map out the exact start and end time to a given task. That way they understand how long they should spend on each project before moving onto the next one. See tip #8 for a great planning hack!
With that, try to resist the urge to keep working when you know you should pause it, and save it for later. I know, firsthand, how easy it is to say, “I’ll just squeeze in this one more thing really quick,” before you leave your house. And then, the next thing you know, that one more essay paragraph or that one more email becomes 2 more paragraphs and 15 minutes worth of checking your emails.
Try to resist that impulse that tells you to “keep going!”
That’s why setting a timer makes it so much easier to stop and move on when needed! If you don’t, you could run the risk of creating a “domino effect.” When you begin late on one task, that ultimately affects your punctuality on all of your other future tasks for that day!
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4. Recognize your current patterns
Reflect on your current situation and begin taking the first steps that are necessary to solve the problems that keep on reoccurring.
- Is it your sleeping patterns that are maybe slowing you down?
Perhaps you have trouble falling asleep or waking up early in the morning?
If so, then I would highly suggest reading the 9 outstanding ways that you can achieve quality sleep!
It lists the many numerous ways that you can achieve faster and more quality sleep beginning tonight!
Try going to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than you normally do! And just like tip #2, wake up as soon as your alarm goes off! Set your alarm, and then place your phone or your alarm clock in a different room. Or at least far enough away from you, which will make you have to up out of bed to shut it off.
- Is it the time that it takes you to get ready?
Try calculating your “get ready” time tomorrow morning, or the next time you get ready to leave the house! Figure out how long it actually takes you to get ready to go somewhere. How long it takes you to do your hair, your makeup, pick out your clothes, eat breakfast, etc. Set a timer and let it keep going until you get in your car to leave!
This is very helpful for those who are “over-optimistic” when it comes to estimating their time, and inevitably show up late to work, school, appointments, etc!
5. Have all of your items in one specific place at all times
Items such as your keys, wallet, purse, phone, bag, etc. Have a specific spot that you always keep these items in each night or for when you get home after work/school. This can be by your door, packed in a bag, on your desk, or wherever is easiest to remember and keep organized!
You’ll always know where to find your things, and never fear the chance of losing them or having to waste your time looking around for them. This will definitely allow you to always be on time, and never risk the chance of being late from misplacing an item.
6. Plan for the unexpected
Sh*t happens! Traffic can be unpredictable, the coffee line can be too long, or when your child forgets their school project that’s due in an hour!
To ensure that you are on time, always plan for the unexpected! Save yourself the stress and repercussions from arriving late to work or class!
Tip: Put gas in your tank the day before to make sure you do not have to stop before or during your morning commute. Also, start saving time and money by bringing your own breakfast and/or coffee! Skip the annoying wait, get to work on time, and save the extra $5!
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7. Set your clocks ahead 5 minutes
This is a very simple, small tip, but I find it to be very helpful and effective!
Set all of the clocks in your house ahead 5 minutes (or more)! Including the clock on your microwave, oven, coffee pot, car, and anything else that enables you to change the time.
That way you are always ahead of schedule without even realizing it!
However, I do know that you may not be able to do this on your phone, but if you use an alarm clock definitely change the time to be five minutes earlier than the time it is supposed to be. Or just don’t go by your cell phone clock!
This will also resolve any immediate panic or anxiety if you are running a couple of minutes “late.” When actually, you’re on time or even 5 minutes early.
8. Try time-blocking
This is hands down the best way to plan out and manage your time better and more efficiently! And it’s a great productivity hack!
The basic definition of time-blocking is:
Being intentional and very strategic with how you spend your time each day.
Either the night before or the morning of, look at your day as a whole and decide when you’re going to work on each individual project/task. It doesn’t have to be exact, extremely detailed, or minute by minute. Just a general overview of what you want to accomplish in that specific time block.
Time blocking allows you to solely focus on what is important for that block of time, and what will be saved for a different block of time that same day.
Scheduling out your day in blocks, like this, is incredibly helpful! It allows you to:
- organize your entire day as a whole and in smaller branches
- realize how much time you have for each single task
- be productive and focused on one single task at a time without other distractions
- lower your chances of procrastinating
- get through your to-do list quicker and more successfully
If you’re new to time-blocking, try taking it one day at a time until you get the hang of it! This can be written down in a planner, a notebook, or even on a napkin! Whatever is easier for you, and will allow you to follow your set time-blocking schedule in the simplest way!
For me, an average time blocking schedule may look like this:
- 4 am-6:30 am: Wake up, get ready for work, teach cardio class 5-6 am
- 7 am-8 am: Shower and drink coffee
- 8 am- 12 pm: Work on an upcoming blog post
- 12 pm-2 pm: Lunch with Grace (work on schoolwork)
- 2 pm-3 pm: Create pin images for Pinterest
- 3 pm-5 pm: Make/eat dinner
- 5 pm- 6 pm: Take dogs for a walk
- 6 pm-7 pm: Make outline for next blog post
- 7 pm- 10 pm: Extra free time to work on my blog, school, work or to relax and unwind!
I hope you find these tips for being on time helpful and achievable! Start today by prioritizing and practicing being on time for each scheduled event or commitment. Establishing good time-management skills, allows you to live a more proactive and productive lifestyle! Rather than a chaotic, busy, and average lifestyle!
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Until next time!