Are you consistently late? Are you often late to work, to meetings, to conferences, to social gatherings? If this is a problem that you have, the first thing you need to do is find the cause. What is the reason for your ongoing lateness? Once you have discovered this, it will be much easier to take care of the problem. Here are some of the more common causes for people being continually late.
You have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. You hit the snooze button way too often. There is a simple solution to this problem – get more sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours a night. Set a regular schedule of when you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning. Keep the bedroom as dark as possible.
2. Trying to do just one more thing before you leave
Many people have this problem. They try to answer just one more email, or take care of one more little task before going somewhere. There are several ways to handle this problem. One way is to pause when you are ready to begin that one last task and simply tell yourself to leave.
If that does not work, try this: Think of a task that you can do after you have reached your destination, and leave ten minutes early so that you can finish that task after your arrive.
3. Drive time takes longer than you planned
For trips you take frequently, such as going to work, you should know how long the drive is. You will then know exactly when you need to leave. This is your cutoff time, the point at which you know you should be heading out the door.
4. You cannot find something
You are all set to go, but then cannot find your car keys, or your wallet, or your glasses. There is a simple solution to this problem – have a place for each of these items, somewhere that you put them all the time, so you always know where they will be.
5. You are always rushing
Again, this is just a matter of time management. You should know how long it takes you to get ready for an appointment, say 30 minutes. So, if you are going somewhere, give yourself 40 minutes to get ready – 30 plus ten more as a cushion.
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