If you were to list my pet peeves, people being late would be in the top 5, definitely. Here are some of my best strategies for being prompt.
It’s said that being chronically tardy is a sign of an optimistic person. You think that there will be no traffic, no getting lost, and no little bumps of life along the way to make you late. However, as the person who is stuck standing around waiting I wish that others were a little less optimistic. Of course, there are minor emergencies that you simply can’t foresee, but for the most part, a little foresight can ensure that you are prompt most of the time. Here are some ideas that have helped me.
- If you’re not a morning person, be sure to pick out your clothing the night before, just like when you were a kid. It may seem a little juvenile, but if it gets you out the door a little faster, so be it! For those of us with kids, be sure to pick out their clothing the night before as well. Depending on the age of your child they can probably get themselves changed; if your child is 4+ they should be able to get changed into their clothes with minimal help. This will save you a TON of time in the morning.
- Use Apps. There are many many apps that deal with time management and alarms. I have 2 alarms set to wake up in the morning, an alarm to remind me to pick up my daughter at school, and another alarm to remind me when my oldest comes home on the bus. If you have multiple kids or multiple activities that you need to attend, then a time management app is a must.
- Trick yourself. This is the oldest trick in the book, but set all of your clocks 10 minutes ahead. Do your best to forget that you have set them 10 minutes ahead, and try not to mentally “add 10 minutes” when you look to see what the time is on the clock. It may or may not work, but at least you made an effort!
- Let your clock outrun you. Of course, you could always get this silly alarm clock that rolls away from you in the morning. No more snooze buttons for you!
I hope that this blog on time management was helpful for you. Good luck!