4 Tactics for Improving Punctuality

If you're chronically tardy, then you're probably a bit like the Artful Dodger, mastering ways to sneak past your boss as you roll in late to the office once again.  However, all that sneaking around can be stressful, and it's even more so once your boss, coworkers, spouse, or friends bring your poor punctuality to your attention.  To stop being late, check out our suggestions below:

1. Be Brutally Honest with Yourself.  We tend to underestimate the amount of time certain activities take.  Rather than focusing on the one time you were able to shower and get dressed in just 5 minutes, pay attention to how long things take on a regular basis.  To make this easier, you may want to track the minutes you spend each day doing various activities for an entire week.

2. Prioritize Punctuality.  If being on time is important to you, you'll find a way to do it.  After all, how often do you show up late to job interviews?  Rather than telling yourself that it won't be a big deal if you sneak in late to the office one more day, remind yourself why punctuality is your priority.

3. Set a Timer.  If you've previously determined that it takes you 20 minutes to get ready in the morning, set a timer for that length of time each time you get ready.  By being able to very quickly see how much time you have left on the timer, you won't waste precious minutes by sifting through multiple outfits, for example.

4. Avoid Overcommitment.  If you're frequently late because you're trying to cram as much as possible in your day, it's time to reevaluate your schedule.  Rather than trying to fill your day with as many tasks as possible, we suggest you look over your to-do list and cut out those things that aren't truly important or necessary.