Regain control of
your time with these tips:
1. Get up on time. When your first act of
the day is procrastination, it’s going to be hard to be on time for anything.
When the alarm goes off, get up. One solution is to place your alarm clock on
the other side of the room. Just remember not to climb back in bed.
2. Have extra time built into your schedule.
If your son’s baseball practice ends at 7:00, avoid agreeing to meet a friend
for dinner at 7:30 on the other side of town. What if traffic is heavier than expected
or baseball practice runs late?
Assume the worst and schedule your time
3. Plan your day the night before. If you
spend a little of your leisure time in the evening to plan the next day, you
won’t spend time in the morning trying to make decisions. Have an evening
routine that includes preparing for tomorrow.
4. Part of being on time consists of stopping
on time. If you don’t end your current activity in time, you’re guaranteed
to be late for later activities. Avoid short-term thinking. Consider the
consequences to lingering on your current activity for too long. Think how your
decision will affect the remainder of your day.
5. Be respectful. When someone has to wait
for you, you’re implicitly announcing that you don’t respect their time. You’d
rather be late and keep them waiting than be on time. Others resent this lack
6. Record your appointments in one place. If
you have appointments listed in your phone, on scraps of papers, and on your
desk calendar, your schedule is a disaster waiting to happen. Choose
one place to schedule all of your obligations.
7. Know where you’re going. You might know
that your destination is about a block north of the grocery store near your old
neighborhood, but that’s not good enough. Pull up the location on your phone or
computer before you need to leave. Know exactly where you’re going and how to
8. Avoid getting ready last. Rather than
watch TV until the last possible moment and then get ready to leave, get ready
first. Any leftover time can then be spent in front of the TV. You can’t be
positive how long it will take to get ready. But you can turn the TV off and
walk out the door whenever you need to.
9. Use alarms. Set an alarm for 7:15 if you must
leave the house by 7:30. Give yourself enough warning that you can get
out the door on time.
10. Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your
car. How many times have you barely squeaked out of the house on time, only
to realize that you don’t have enough gas for the trip? Keep enough gas in your
car for any situation. Get gas before you need it.
You can be on time! A few new habits will ensure that being late
is a thing of the past. Get your day started on the right foot by
getting out of bed on time. Be realistic with your schedule and respect others.
Use alarms to your advantage. You can be known for your punctuality if you so