Never Be Late Again!

If you’ve ever been told, “You’ll be late for your own funeral,” being late might be a chronic problem standing in the way of your success. Arriving “just in time” or a few minutes late means you’re out of breath and unnecessarily stressed.

Being late says “I value my time and myself more than I value you.” Even if that’s not what you’re trying to say. Even if you’re a hot disorganized mess and being late has absolutely nothing to do with the person cooling their heels waiting for you.

Would you love to solve the problem of being late, and turn yourself into a person who is on time? Would you like to stop apologizing for being late, and turn into the person who has a few moments to check email or return a call in your car before heading into that meeting? I can assure you that allowing plenty of time to arrive at meetings, networking lunches, and other important events will reduce your stress to almost zero. You’re going to love the feeling you have when you sail into your next meeting with ten minutes to spare!

Are you ready for your time makeover? Okay, fabulous … let’s begin!

  1. Change your mantra. You probably say, “I don’t have enough time,” or, “I’m always running late.” You’re programming your subconscious mind, Sparky, and not in a good way! You used to be late all of the time, and now you’re changing your personal identity into one of the person who always arrives with plenty of time to spare. Say this, “I’m always on time!”

  2. Reverse engineer your schedule. This isn’t rocket surgery, it’s simple math.

The time you need to leave =

The amount of travel time +

a 5-10 minute buffer {depending on traffic} +

a few minutes to catch your breath or network before the event starts

Subtracted from the time the event starts.

Want to leave on time for work in the morning?

The time you need to wake up in the morning –

The amount of sleep you need to feel rested =

The time you need to go to bed.

Set an alarm on your phone to remind you it’s time to get ready for bed, or that you need to be wheels up in 5 minutes. Set an alarm on your phone for when it’s time to wake up in the morning … and place the phone on the other side of the room or in your bathroom. Make sure it’s on LOUD. Just the act of getting out of bed will help to ensure you’re up and stay up!

  1. Stay focused.Don’t do “one more thing” before you run out the door. It won’t take just five minutes and you’ll find yourself stressed out as the lights turn red, you end up behind a school bus, or there’s unexpected construction. Schedule a time to do the tasks that need to be done, and make sure you’re “wheels up” right on schedule, if not a couple of minutes before.

  2. Plan ahead. Small, simple actions taken in a non-rushed, low-stress environment will save you time and help set you up for success. Fill up your car with gas over the weekend when you’re not in a hurry and there’s a shorter line. Pack your work bag the night before. Lay out your outfit including socks and unders before you go to bed. Stock your briefcase or purse with business cards, print out an extra copy of your presentation and double-check you have a phone charger with you. Plan your route and text or email yourself directions, or program them into your GPS before you hit the hay.

There’s no reason to suffer from chronic lateness any longer. You can set yourself up to win, and you can start right now!

Honorée Corder writes about business growth and personal development, including shedding limiting beliefs, dreaming big and living the life you truly want. If you enjoyed this article, then join her free newsletter.

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