Late Again?

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Please allow me to share with you something of a personal nature. It is something we all have experienced probably several times in our lives. We all have a horror story about being late — arriving at a wedding just as the bride and groom are running off in a shower of birdseed or picking up your panicked child at an otherwise empty field after baseball practice. You’re not alone. So before you’re late for your next very important date, consider these six tips for being right on time. {Tips are from }

Tip #1: Account for transition activities, like traffic and getting kids out of the house. These are the mundane tasks that stealthily (and consistently) throw off our estimates. Also, take travel time found on Google Map as suggested time.

Tip #2: Beware “I’ll just do everything else faster. We might be tempted to press the snooze alarm or squeeze in one last task, rationalizing we’ll just speed up the rest of our morning or our workday. But it never works; it just makes you frantic.

Tip #3: Rethink your semantics. Instead of thinking “We have be at the recital at 5:00,” think “The curtain goes up at 5:00.” There’s a big difference between being in your seat, program in hand and still cruising around looking for parking at the appointed hour.

Tip #4: Aim for 10 minutes early, if only to increase your margin of error. Punctuality is boiled down to a math problem.Give yourself a ten-minute window of arrival.

Tip #5: Get into the habit of thinking ahead. But most of us are late precisely because we forget to think ahead. We look up the appointment’s address at the last minute and realize it’s farther away than we thought. Or we forget that our reservations are at the height of rush hour.

Tip #6: Try it once and see. If you’re chronically late, pick one upcoming event for which you’ll be on time. Then do it up right: plan ahead, account for all transitions, leave early, and aim to be the first one there.

You’ll love moving from being put on the spot to getting there on the dot.

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