I'm one of those chronically tardy people. Wherever I'm going, even if I'm just meeting my friends, I'm always 10 of 15 minutes late—and it's starting to irritate people. Got any suggestions for how I can avoid all these distractions and be more punctual?
Photo by Jeff Lueders.
I certainly understand your friends' annoyance (we all have that one friend who's always late), but it's good that you're determined to fix it. In fact, there are a lot of little tricks you can pull on yourself to get out the door quicker. Here are a few of our favorites.
Figure Out Why You're Latelearn your way around town a little better. If you just get distracted, though, you'll need to dig a bit deeper to make yourself more punctual.
Keep Yourself On Track with Reminders and Alarmspreviously mentioned GoTime is a really great way to keep track of when you need to leave. It'll automatically grab your calendar events for the day, calculate how long it'll take you to drive to your next event from your current location, and set off an alarm when it's time to leave. Of course, you can do this with any alarm program as long as you look up driving directions to where you're going ahead of time.
If you take a little more prying, you can automatically shut down your computer with something like previously mentioned Smart Shutdown or iWannaSleep. Just tell it what time you need to leave, and it'll shut down your computer at that time, so you have no choice but to drag yourself away from Facebook and go get ready.
Always Plan to Be EarlyLauren Hammond.
Enlist Your Friends to Help
Lastly, if none of these tips are really working, you can get your friends to help motivate you. They already probably heckle you for being late all the time, but if you ask them to be a little more evil and go radio silent, it might inspire you to move a little faster. Alternatively, you can set up a system where every time you're late, you pay for one of your friends' dinners, or something to that effect. After one or two more trips, you'll probably never be late again.
P.S. Of course, these are just a few of our favorite tips, but if you've got your own solutions, be sure to share them with us in the comments.You can contact Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
How Can I Fix My Chronic Lateness? via lifehacker.com