Some still think it’s fashionable to be late. If you’re one, it’s wrong thinking. These days arriving late at a function is considered rude. When it comes to work-related functions like meetings, appointments or interviews, being late can be seriously detrimental to your career and to relationships you need for your career.
If you’re troubled with being on time then you will definitely benefit from seven tips we found on MSN Lifestyle. These tips are from extremely punctual people.
Punctual people are realistic
Chronically late people always underestimate the time it takes to get somewhere. Those that are punctual always add a few extra minutes to travel time just in case.
Here’s what experts suggest. For the next week write down how long you think it’s going to take to get to your routine destinations like work. Then write down how long it actually takes to get to those places.
That will give you a more realistic sense of how long it takes to get where you’re going and will help you be on time or early.
Prepare for the unexpected:
Buffer time is critical. It was mentioned in the first point. Punctual people prepare for delays due to traffic, getting lost trying to find an unfamiliar destination, having to return home because something was forgotten, and so on.
If you’re leaving for somewhere you know is 10-minutes away, leave 20 to 25-minutes before you’re due. Buffer time means you’re early or on-time and never late.
Downtime is okay:
Buffer time means you will often arrive places early. Extremely punctual people are okay with waiting a few minutes. They check emails, review notes, read a book, clear their heads or do any number of other tasks. Or they just relax and enjoy some calm.
Contrast that with the chronically late. How can rush, rush, rush be enjoyable? There is no downtime, and what little downtime they have is not enjoyed.
Plan, plan, and plan:
Punctual people plan. They are structured and lead highly organized lives. This doesn’t mean they’re stiff and inflexible, they’re just organized. Their calendars are always up-to-date. They know their schedule because they check it constantly.
They never over-schedule.
Plus, when doing a project or attending a meeting where supplies are required, they prepare them in advance. Nothing is last-minute. In their personal lives keys, wallets, phones, etc. are always put in the same place. They never have to search for them.
Try this. Organize your day every day and follow that plan. See how it works for you.
Things are done ahead of time:
This was touched on a bit in the last section. Punctual people get things done ahead of time and not at the last minute.
Last minute is stressful and we tend to get sloppy when doing things at the last minute. If there’s a meeting in the morning early, the planning and getting ready is done the night before or the afternoon before, or even earlier. What to wear or pack is done in advance and not at the last minute.
Doing things beforehand means we can focus on being on time.
Go to bed early:
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise. We all remember that old adage and if we don’t, it’s not a bad one to re-remember or learn.
A lot of us are up late because we’ve put off getting something organized and have to get it done at the last minute. Punctual people may stay up late but they’re relaxing and resting. People who are last-minute rush and they don’t get to bed as early as they should and they’re tired and stressed when they wake up and not rested.
Most punctual people — alas — are morning people:
They never hit the snooze button. Punctual people hop out of bed and get on with the day. And they’re rested so they don’t have trouble waking up.
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