Sometimes, it can feel almost impossible to get with it. You rush yourself through your morning routine, only to arrive at work 5 minutes late, again. That concert you wanted to see the opening act at, only to get to your seat as they are walking off stage. You are always in a rush, but you never really get anywhere on time; it is leaving you feeling dragged out, overwhelmed, and maybe even a little like a failure, and you can’t figure out why the rest of the world seems to have no issues at all with being on time, when you would likely be late to your funeral.
So, how do you change this? Well my leadership mavens, I have some practical strategies to help you on your journey to a better you!
Acknowledge the Problem
It is so easy to make excuses for anything, especially being late. But you must realize that that is what they are – excuses. If you are frequently running behind, then you might have a problem with time management. The first step is to accept this, so you can move on and do something about it.
Why are You Late?
Are you trying to avoid something that you do not want to do? Do you maybe like people waiting for you to get there? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you always trying to for that one last thing? Perhaps you have a case of workplace burn out? Knowing why you are late will help you identify the triggers, and then move past them. For example, if you are avoiding something, then maybe that is something you shouldn’t have committed to in the first place.
Stop Trying to Do So Much
Grabbing that last errand, last chore, or doing that last thing will derail you every time. Multitasking never works, let the little things go. You can always do them later. Try setting small daily goals. You will find that a little does go a long way!
Plan for the Future
Your bedtime routine is an amazing thing and effects every other part of your day! Lay out your clothes for the next day. Set your gym bag by the door if you want to exercise in the morning. By preparing now, you won’t get caught in the trap of hunting for things when you are already short on time. If you are ready tonight, then you are all set, maybe with a little motivation to get started in morning!
Expect Things to go Wrong
Add an extra 15 minutes to the beginning and end of your appointments. What is there is traffic, or something else that will make you late? Having more time than needed is always better than not having enough time to begin with, and is a big step into getting back on track.
Honestly, how long does it take for you to get to the airport? Don’t ever underestimate distance you need to travel, or the time it takes for you to get there. Leave earlier than you think you should. If you get there early, the worst than can happen is that you give yourself time to mentally prepare (if the occasion calls for it) for your appointment, read a book, catch up on those e-mails, or just enjoy time with yourself! That is a win-win for sure!
Time management doesn’t have to be impossible. With a little planning, guidance, confidence, and a leadership mindset, it is fully possible to change being late into being right on time.
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