Punctuality: How to Be on Time

As you’ve probably noticed, I blog mostly about food, my life and the occasional post about fashion and beauty but I’ve been thinking about changing it up a bit. So I thought about it, and I’ve decided to add an “insight” category where I will be sharing with you some helpful advice and information I have come across or read. As a psychology major, I read and come across a lot of helpful and interesting information, so I thought I would share some of this knowledge with my readers. I hope you enjoy the new addition to the blog and feedback will be greatly appreciated đŸ™‚

The first post under this new category will be on punctuality. If you know me, you would know that I hate being late for anything, regardless of the importance of the event. Experts say that being late suggests incompetence, self-centredness and a lack of integrity. Plus it causes stress and self-loathing that can affect almost every aspect of your life. I came across this article from Globe and Mail, so I thought I would share it with you guys.

Tips on being on time

1. Get Yourself to Bed

  • If you wake up tired, you will probably have a sluggish start which will bleed into the rest of the day
  • If you’re one of those people hitting the snooze button for half and hour in the morning, you’re most likely going to be late
  • Getting an ideal 8 hours of sleep will likely mean going to bed earlier, which is usually not possible for busy people, so try creating a nightly routine (dim the lights, have a cup of decaf tea, read) to let your body know it’s time to power down

2. Keep a Centralized Schedule

  • Decide on one place to keep all of your appointments and stick with it. With technology these days, it’s easy to record appointments directly on your devices, but unless they are all synced up to your system, try keeping your appointments on a daily agenda.

3. Be Realistic

  • People tend to underestimate the amount of time things take, whether that’s getting up in the morning or packing for a trip. We all tend to remember that one time when everything went smoothly, and use that as our reference point. Just because you took 20 mintues to get ready and it took you 20 minutes to get to work last time doesn’t necessarily mean you will take the same amount of time the next day.
    – What if you have a 3 minute convo with your spouse? What if there’s an accident on the route you take to work? What if your power goes out? Break down their schedule in a realistic way, then add about a half-hour of cushion room.

4. Adjust Your Bad Attitude

  • Many of us subconsciously use lateness as a way to express resentment for an obligation, whether that’s a job or maybe a dinner at your in-laws.
  • Examine why you might be showing up late. Are you getting distracted while getting ready? Are you purposely showing up late for work because of resentment? Maybe you simply don’t care about being late.

So that’s a summary of the article, but I would like to add my own tips on how to be punctual:

  • It’s always better to be early than right on time or late. It allows you time to prepare, relax and diminishes the stress of having to be on time
  • Be considerate of person waiting upon you. How would you feel if you were constantly waiting for someone?
  • Prioritize. If you’re planning on meeting someone at 12, don’t start watching a movie while you are getting ready or don’t start baking a cake thirty minutes before you are suppose to meet. You can do those things later, but for now, focus on getting ready and being on time.
  • If you class says it starts at 10:30, it doesn’t mean be there at 10:30. When calculating how much time you need, try to arrive at least 10 minutes early. If it takes you 30 minutes to get to school, try leaving at 9:50 instead of 10:00 so you can be at school before class starts.
  • Pick out an outfit the night before. This saves a lot of time in the morning if you are indecisive on what to wear. It also allows time for some adjustments.

So those are my tips, I hope you enjoy this post and feedback is greatly appreciated!

 

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