I found this list on Redbook’s website. I found it very interesting because I do a lot of these things in my everyday life.
How about you??
1. Go to every single thing 20 minutes early, then hang out and browse Instagram outside until you can roll up exactly on time, totally calm and collected.
3. Add 15 minutes to all the Google Maps time estimates. I don’t personally know of any living human who walks as quickly as Google Maps thinks human people walk, or any train that arrives on time, every single time, like Google Maps says it does.
4. Have a designated place near the door where you leave the jacket you’ll need for the next day, as well as your bag packed with headphones and any other little thing you carry every day.
5. Get a silk pillowcase and do your hair the night before. Then you’ll only have to do little fixes the next morning, instead of giving yourself a full blowout before a 9 a.m. meeting across town.
6. Avoid scheduling yourself back to back, because something will definitely run late and mess up your entire day.
7. Tell all your chronically late friends that dinner is at 6:30 when your reservation is actually at 7. This will keep you from missing your reservation because they’re not there when your table’s ready.
8. Actually get up when your alarm goes off instead of treating the snooze button like it’s even an option. If you look at your phone and see 17 alarms that are all for getting you out of bed in the morning, you’re probably chronically late.
9. When you have a little extra time, don’t start a task you know don’t have time to finish. This is something chronically late people have a serious problem with, because they’re usually so surprised by that they have extra time.
10. Put every single thing on your calendar, so you know exactly when you’re busy and where your time is going.
11. Invest in a coffee pot with a timer on it, because let’s be honest, you’re never going to get up early enough to make coffee every single morning. Cut time and wake up to hot coffee every day by just buying a nicer coffee pot.
12. Straight-up lie to yourself and set every single clock in your apartment and car 10 minutes ahead. If you know the only way you’ll leave your house on time is if you think you’re actually running late, trick yourself into thinking you’re always running late.
13. Learn how to gracefully exit social situations in which people are blabbing on and on. This may be as simple as saying, “That’s so interesting! I actually have a meeting to get to, but let’s talk about this later.”
14. Set alarms for important events, so you know exactly when to call an Uber, walk out the door, start saying your good-byes, or whatever. It’s not enough to just have a random reminder an hour before something starts.
15. Have a level of respect for other people’s time, and acknowledge that being late is basically another way of saying, “You’re less valuable than whatever meaningless bullshit I was doing that made me late.” If you start thinking of being late as a slap in the face to all the people who show up on time, you’ll probably be more timely.