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How To Be More Punctual: Tips To Be On Time, All The Time

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On May 26, 2016
How To Be More Punctual: Tips To Be On Time, All The Time

It is never a good look to consistently show up late to events or gatherings. Not only does it give off the impression to others that you don’t value their time but it also increases your blood pressure and heightens your stress level when you are always running behind. Luckily, you can learn to be on time, all the time, just by changing a few of your everyday habits. If you don’t believe us, then read on to take a look at some of our quick tricks to help you be more punctual.

Daily Agenda – Each day you should plan ahead by mapping out a to-do list, this way you are able to better prioritize and manage your time.

Stay Organized – Procrastinating and waiting until the last minute is a proven formula for disaster. So do yourself a favor, pack ahead, and gather your belongings the night before because time management is key.

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Photo Credit: Shutter Stock

Is The Clock Fast? – Setting your clock ahead by a few minutes is a psychological trick that can be used to ensure you get out of the door in the nick of time!

Set Reminders – Aside from taking a mental note of your daily or weekly activities, you should also utilize your calendar or personal organizer.  Both of these tools can be used to help you stay on top of everything that you have planned.

Anticipate Delays – Weather and traffic conditions are always unpredictable. As a result, you should set aside enough time, plus an extra cushion of 5 or 10 minutes, to get to your designated location.

Leave It At The Door – Keeping essentials by the door such as car keys, shoes, or a packed bag can help alleviate the stress of trying to find all of your necessary items, especially when it’s time to make a quick exit.

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Photo Credit: shutter Stock

Adopt A New Mindset – When planning out your day, try to remind yourself that “to be early is to be on time and to be on time is to be late.” Also, condition your mind to recognize the benefits of being on time: less hassle and less stress. Can I get an AMEN!?

Don’t Stay Up Too Late – Setting a bedtime isn’t just for kids but for adults as well. It’s crucial that your body receives the proper amount of sleep in order to fully function the following day. Keep in mind, tiredness leads to grogginess, short attention span, over sleeping, and a lack of motivation to get up and at ‘em.

Learn to Say No – The reality is, you don’t want to run the risk of over extending yourself by committing to more than you can handle, which can ultimately lead to your lack of punctuality. Understanding the power of the word “NO” in certain situations can help you live stress free, at ease, and boost your mood. At the end of the day, it is never OK to overextend yourself at the sake of your overall health and well-being.