How to be punctual (According to the Experts)
Punctuality is when you are consistently early and or on time to all appointments for work, school, or play. They are never late in there are life and are very proud of being habitually early all the time.
The other half of people that are consistently late to everything and have a hard to being early this is for you. I got an email from a reader that says he wants to change because he does not want to be late anymore. Other people that are constantly late will be helped by this post so here we go. Why do you want to be punctual in the first place if its better late than never right? That could not be any more wrong. The person who came up with this catchy slogan was tardy all the time and this is how he could excuse himself. It is important to be seen as punctual because you do not want to seem like you have task incompetence, self-centeredness, or even a lack of integrity.
First thing the person needs to do is to create a set of good time management techniques. Practice these techniques thought out the persons’ days to get very familiar with them. You need to incorporate these techniques into the persons’ persona and make it a part of you. If you do not take it into your attitude you will only be able to be early to some commitments but not all. The thing is being punctual is a mindset that successful people have. They have it well built in their persona that if you were to take it out they would feel out of place. Once it is a vital part of the person they will never be late again for the rest of their life. Practice being on time so much that it becomes second nature to the person just does it without thinking.
Secondly, have several places with calendars of the different commitments that need to be completed. If you have a smartphone with the calendar app then use it to for the benefit of being on time. The person has to know were to be at a certain time. When that event ends they need to know where to go next. Filling the calendar app/planner with all the day’s places and times of specific events will help the person be on time. This is because the person has an accurate depictions of upcoming events to plan accordingly. Know what to do and when to do it is essential to being on time to all commitments. So with all the prerequisites out of the way the actions to take are as follows:
- Don’t check your email or voicemail right before you leave. That “last quick check” will almost always take more time than you think — which is, after all, what you’re hoping for. If you thought there’d be nothing important in your email, you wouldn’t bother checking.
- Plan for trouble. Always add 25% to your time estimate to get anywhere or do any task. If you think it takes 30 minutes to get to work, give yourself 40 (technically, 37 1/2, but let’s not be ridiculous here!). If you need 12 working hours to finish a proposal, give yourself 15. The worst thing that could happen is that you get a nice “Scotty effect” going, where you’re always ahead of schedule and everyone thinks you’re a miracle worker.
- Set up the night before. If you are, like me, someone who has a hard time getting going in the morning, make sure you set up the night before. Lay out your clothes, put your keys, wallet, etc. in tomorrow’s pants pockets or your purse, load up your bag with whatever material you’ll need in the morning, put your lunch together, and so on. In the morning, wake up, get dressed, grab your stuff, and go.
- Set your clocks ahead a few minutes each — by different amounts. My alarm clock is 5 minutes fast, my watch only 1, my car clock 3. I think. Since I can’t be sure, I have to take each clock at face value. You might have a look at the Procrastinator’s Clock which is some random amount of time ahead, up to 15 minutes. It’s available for Mac and PC.
- Learn to better estimate how much time things take. Use a time tracker app like RescueTime to learn how long typical tasks take you to complete. Record these times, and refer to your record when estimating the time needed for similar tasks.
- Schedule events 10 minutes early. Put your 1:00 appointment into your schedule at 12:50, for example. But always have 10 minutes of work with you to fill the slack time, in case you surprise yourself by showing up “on time” 10 minutes early!
- Set reminders. Use your calendar program’s built-in reminder function, or use a service like Sandy to send you text reminders at set intervals before each appointment. I like a reminder at least an hour beforehand, so I can plan, and another 15 minutes prior so I know where I stand.
- Schedule events for “off-peak” times. Last year, I had a weekly meeting at 8 am. A trip that takes me 30 minutes any time after 9:00 am took me 1 1/2 hours due to rush hour traffic. Guess how many times I was late? Learn the times that traffic or other factors might make you late, and avoid scheduling during those times. For instance, give yourself at least an hour to get settled in every morning before your first meeting (so if you’re late to work, you won’t also be late for a meeting), don’t schedule meetings immediately after lunch (in case you get held up), avoid before-working-hours events (due to rush hour traffic), etc.
- Fill your gas tank when it reaches 1/4 tank. Don’t let an empty gas tank make you late for anything. Fill up whenever you reach 1/4 and you’ll never have to make an emergency stop at a gas station during your commute. (Plus, I’m told it’s better for your engine — whether that’s true or not, I don’t know.)
- Use a countdown timer. Grab a cheap digital timer, and use it to create a sense of urgency, and to help you keep on track at each step you need to complete to make it wherever you’re supposed to be on time. Break your preparation down into 10 minutes’ parts, set the timer, and GO! List from www.lifehack.org
I have used this system myself and the findings are actually really astounding. It is really hard to beat this list in terms of what you can do to improved it. I have tried to see where this list needs improvement, and I have not found any issues. If there is any way you can improve this list write a comment below. If you found this post helpful please share with your social media friends.
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