Source | Linkedin| By|John Rampton
As an optimist, I don’t think we intend or plan to be tardy. But if you don’t plan to be on time, you’re planning to be late. Showing up late for anything can be stressful, disrespectful, and can be costly — one estimate is that tardiness costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually in lost productivity. Despite this, between 15 and 20 percent of people admit that they’re constantly late.
If you don’t want to fall into this camp, then here are 15 ways to guarantee you’ll always be on time.
1. Remind yourself why you want to be more punctual.
When you’re launching your own business, you need to determine the reason behind your actions. Doing so will keep you motivated and ensure that you stick with it. This may also help you identify potential roadblocks and solutions to overcome them.
The same is true of why you want to be more punctual. For example, is your tardiness adding stress to your life? Is it putting a strain on your relationships? Is it harming your reputation because you’re seen as someone who is unreliable or constantly missing deadlines?
Reflect on why you want to stop being late. Think about how this is going to make your life better, and after you’ve done this, make being on time a priority.
2. Know yourself.
Let’s say that you’re always late to work. Is it because you aren’t waking up early enough? Does your commute take longer than you think? Are you underestimating how long it takes for you to get around?
You can’t fix your tardiness problem if you don’t get to the root of the problem. You may notice that it could be a simple solution, like setting your alarm 15-minutes earlier in the morning.
Also, get to know your personal clock so that you can plan your day around that. For instance, let’s say you’re the type of person who needs an hour or two to get moving after waking up. Then it would be counterproductive to wake-up at 8 A.M. and expect to be at work by 9 A.M. Instead, you either set your alarm earlier or arrive at work later in the day.