How to be on time?
Is your boss always shouts on you because your always late? It’s important to see being on time as part of your whole attitude towards time. You’re never going to be on time, every time whether for appointments, meeting big deadlines, if you haven’t put into practice a set of good time management practices. And regardless of the reason why you have a tendency to be late, there are things you can do to adopt the habit of being on time.
- Set an alarm to inform you when you need to wake up.
Sometimes, it’s possible to lose track of time even when you are trying to be conscious of it. Having an alarm lets you be timelier. Once the alarm rings, wake up immediately without delay and do the things you need and prepare yourself.
- Wake up immediately when your alarm rings.
Have you been late before, due to oversleeping? Wake up immediately when the alarm rings don’t give yourself any chance at all to renegotiate yourself to sleep! Oversleeping usually results from not having enough sleep. Be sure to give yourself sufficient sleep-time the night before.
- Know Why You Want to Be Punctual.
Whenever you want to create a new habit on arriving on time, you need to be very clear on the reasons why you want to build that habit like being on time will help you to cut down on stress, being on time will reduce friction with your co-workers, in short nobody likes to be kept waiting, being on time will let your boss know that you can be counted on, which could lead to a promotion. Be very clear on the benefits that you’ll gain by being punctual, and then keep reminding yourself of those benefits in order to motivate yourself to become someone who’s prompt.
- Calculate the time taken to reach the location.
Don’t just give a hazy time estimation calculate the full time taken to travel, including walking, transiting, waiting, traveling and locating. Sometimes you may arbitrarily assign a 30 minute travel time when it may actually take 1 hour.
- Be clear on the location you need to go to and how to reach it.
If it’s a new place you have never been before, you can either go there before the appointment to familiarize yourself with the place then calculate the time you’ll spend to arrive in that place on time.
- Have backup plans.
In case you do become late for some reason. The backup plan can be taking a faster but costlier mode of transport like van, picking out an alternative mode of travel, and so on.
- Keep your needed things in the same place.
Put all your needed things or necessities in the same spot every day. When you return home in the evening, place them there, so you can see it easily. In the morning when you depart, get them from that spot. Better still, put them in your bag you use, so you don’t have to keep shifting them around.
- Set up the night before.
If you are, someone who has a hard time getting going in the morning, make sure you set up all the things you need in the morning, the night before. Lay out your clothes or your wallet, in tomorrow’s pants pockets or bag, load up your bag with whatever material you’ll need in the morning, put your planned lunch together, and so on. In the morning, wake up early, get dressed, grab your stuff, and go.
- Schedule your events 20 minutes early or more.
Put your 1:00 appointment into your schedule at 12:40, for example. But always have 20 minutes of work with you to fill the slack time, in case you surprise yourself by showing up “on time” 20 minutes early!
- Set Up Reminders.
Set up a reminder for the things you need to do within an hour before you have to leave. Also, set up another reminder for twenty minutes before you have to go. In that way, you can prepare yourself so that you’re ready to leave on time.
- Be Prepared to Wait.
As we see, people usually don’t like to come early because they feel that the time that they spend waiting for others is wasted time. That is, they prefer to be late rather than having some waiting time. The key for overcoming this hurdle is to be prepared to wait. Waiting time doesn’t mean you have wasted time your time.
- Change Your Thoughts About Being Early.
A lot of people in our society think that those who are important keep others waiting. Therefore, being early is a sign that they’re not that important. However, being early is really a sign of being organized, having respect for others, and having good time management skills. And these are all character traits of an important people.
- Be early.
The truth is, there are so many unpredictable things that might happen as your hindrance and make you impossible to arrive at the exact time. So, it’s much easier to arrive earlier and engage myself with my stuff while waiting for time to pass.