New Year New You: Stop Being Late

The following posts are from our January 2014 series “New Year, a New You.”  One article will be posted each day in January to discuss building a better you.  Article topics will vary every day.  We will present various ways to improve your life physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally. Click here to view previous posts.

 

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It seems like there are two kinds of people in the world: those punctual who are are always arriving at every appointment, party, social gathering, church service, ball game, etc. EARLY and those who are not punctual, always arriving late. To everything. All the time.  If you strive to do better at being on time in 2014 here are a few ways
to get on track.

~ DO A WALKTHROUGH
You think that your job is just ten minutes away, but is it really? Do a “walkthrough” to find out just how long it takes to get from your home to that weekly paycheck. Start that smart phone stopwatch app the minute
you step out of your house to the minute you walk through the company door. That takes us right to….

~ GIVE YOURSELF AT LEAST TWICE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU THINK YOU NEED
This will cover all the “might happens” including trouble with your car, encountering an auto accident, road work, getting behind the mailman, garbage truck, school buses, or grandma out for a leisurely drive.  Give your self even more time if you are going to a new location. Look at the GPS directions in advance so you are familiar with them. You probably will want to leave fifteen to thirty minutes earlier just in case you have difficulty finding your destination.

~ KEEP YOUR KEYS AND SHOES IN THE SAME PLACE
Simple but effective. You can’t leave if you don’t have your keys. Having a backup set of keys is also a good idea. That way, if you have a brain lapse and set your keys down somewhere without thinking, you have a back up and can jet out the door.

~ GET THE KIDDIES READY THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you’re going anywhere, to anything with children the next day, plan it out ahead of time the night before. Lay out outfits, pack bags, pack lunches, and/or set suitcases by the door, so that the morning will be a breeze.

~ HAVE A QUICK AND EASY BREAKFAST READY TO GO
If you’re not an early bird that gets up and COOKS breakfast whilst chatting with the woodland creatures at your back door (because seriously, that only happens with Disney princesses), keep a box of cereal bars or an easy snack that you can grab on your way out. Stopping at the drive-through on the way to your location can really slow down your progress. And while one day that fast-food chain might be on top of it, the next day could be a very different story.

~ AVOID “ONE MORE TASK” SYNDROME
In today’s fast-paced world, we’re all obsessed with productivity and sometimes it makes us late. Don’t fuss with your desk. Throwing the next load of clothes can wait till you get back. The mail isn’t going to grow legs and walk away. Thinking you’ve got time to do something that will “only take a minute” can cause slowdowns, and then, surprise: you’re late again.

~ GRASP ADULTHOOD
Avoid late night parties. Put the book down. Catch up with David Letterman on Youtube. Close the refrigerator door. No more going to bed late on work nights. Period.

Say “so long” to tardiness this year! Surprise others and yourself in 2014 with a new, punctual you!

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