Feel like you never have enough time? Always running behind? Being late can be really stressful and put you in a bad mood. Often people think the world is working against them and that they’ll always be late no matter how hard they try. The truth is shit does happen sometimes but ultimately it’s important to realize that being on time shows respect for other people’s time. Don’t be that person that everybody’s waiting on. Here are a few tricks to help.
- Get to actually know, like really really know how long you take to do things. Saying you will be 15 mins away to a friend who is meeting you down the road, when you literally just jumped into the shower means you don’t really know how long you take to get ready. You may think you can make it if you rush but the chances are it will take you 15 mins just to get showered.
Know Your Journey
- Learn your routes. How long does it take you to get to work? The bus stop ? Your favorite coffee shop? Your child’s ( or doggy 😀 ) daycare?
- Use technology and plan your journey ahead of time ! Apps like google maps and waze are here to make our lives easier. You can enter what time you want to arrive at your destination and your phone will send you a notification when you should leave.
Distractions and Organisation
- If you know you have some place to be, try to avoid distractions such as social media. Thoughtlessly scrolling through your phone surprisingly takes up ALOT of time.
- Know where all of your belongings are. Looking for misplaced keys can eat away at the clock. Make a habit of always putting them in the same place once you get in the door.
- Prepare for things the night before to avoid any last min rushing. Lay out your clothes, take a shower, etc.
Be OK with being early
- If you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late !
- Not just for waking up. Use them to alert you when you need to leave your house.
- Trying to fit in too many things in one day can be stressful. Be realistic when you set your schedule. Give yourself enough time in between tasks and appointments.