Stop Being Late – Get Better at Allocating Time

October 16th, 2015

Have you ever been accused of being late to you own funeral? Have you lost jobs or missed out on important events because your employers or friends don’t consider you reliable. Being late to work regularly is one of the worst things that can happen in your career, so you have to learn to make it stop. Before you run out the door five minutes after you need to be at work, consider these tips to stop you from being late.

You’ve got to start earlier.

It sounds simple, and people who are early will always tell you this piece of advice, but it really does work. Stop thinking that you have all the time in the world. Set an alarm, create a schedule, and stick to it. Don’t expect that if you have a 20-minute commute that you can leave exactly 20 minutes before your arrival time. Being 1 minute late is still late. On time is already late in most cases. If you need to get up 15 minutes earlier, you don’t have to lose that sleep. Just go to bed 15 minutes earlier and use DVR!

Determine the steps.

Think backwards. When do you have to be to work or the meeting? How long will it take you to drive there? How long will it take you to get ready? Determine each of these steps and calculate the time you need to start in the morning. Then, make sure to add padding. Nothing is perfect and if you only give yourself just enough time, you can’t solve emergencies that come up like misplaced backpacks or construction.

Block out the sandwich.

People who are early use this technique. They block out time before and after important meetings to ensure that they have time to prepare. For example, if you have a 10 a.m. interview, don’t plan to walk in the door at the top of the hour. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to observe the office before the interview. If the interview is expected to go an hour, don’t schedule something else for 11 a.m. If you do schedule back-to-back meetings, you will be in scramble mode if the original meeting goes longer than scheduled.

Acknowledge your attitude.

When people are chronically late, there are some common characteristics. Do you ever feel resentful that you have to be in traffic for an hour to get somewhere? If you are, this could be a reason that you leave only a half an hour to get somewhere when it should take you an hour. This is self-defeating behavior. It doesn’t matter if you want to do something, being late won’t help it go any smoother.

Learn to say no.

Of course, there is another way to handle the late problem. This may not be a good solution for work commitments, but it can help take the pressure off in other areas of your life to help free up time to keep you from being late to the events and meetings that really matter. Determine your priorities and say no to invitations that don’t fit into your schedule.

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