Always running late? Here’s how to kick the habit

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There are three types of people in the world. Those who are always early, those who are abnormally and consistently on time, and then the rest of us who arrive late, flustered and slightly perspiring to practically everything.

Here are a few tips to help make you arrive on time or, at the very least, a little less late.

  • Set clocks ahead. We know, you’ve probably heard this one a million times before, but have you actually done it? It’s a simple trick and will work, but perhaps only in the short term.
  • Ask friends to lie. If they’re having a party, organising brunch or arranging a coffee date, ask them to lie to you in the future and start giving you a time 20 minutes earlier than you actually have to be there.
  • Place your alarm clock (aka phone) on the other side of your bedroom. Then you physically have to get up and move to turn it off. Once you’re up, snoozing seven times doesn’t really feel as enjoyable.
  • Learn to say no. Speaking from experience, we can honestly say that sometimes the main reason we’re always running late is because we’ve agreed to too many appointments. Instead of planning just one thing on our evening off and concentrating on it, we’ve said yes to everyone and find ourselves rushing to do about three. Learn how to say no and free up your time so you can concentrate instead on being more punctual.
  • Being late because of traffic is understandable and most of the time unavoidable. But when you’re late because you simply left the house 10 minutes later than planned, then it’s your own doing and can be fixed. You’re more than likely trying to fit in ‘one more task’ before leaving the house and end up racing back through the front door at least twice before you’re really ready to go. To stop this, just leave the task until later, pick up your bag and leave. And be strong.