How to Improve Punctuality

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While your friends and family may accept chronic lateness as part of who you are, most employers won't be so willing to embrace this personality quirk. It is important to find ways to improve your punctuality so you don't upset your boss or clients with whom you are meeting. Changes to both your environment and your mindset can help.

Change Your Environment

  • The simplest changes are environmental ones. Try wearing a watch and putting a clock in every room of your home so you always know what time it is. Aim to be at work or appointments a few minutes early to give yourself extra time, and bring a book or other activity to avoid downtime if you are early. Move your alarm clock across the room so you can't reach the snooze button from under the covers. Get organized so you always know where your keys and phone are so you don't waste time looking for them, and prepare items you will need the night before so you know where they are.

Change Your Mindset

  • Changing your mindset can improve your punctuality. Make a conscious effort to understand how you affect others when you are late, remembering that you are part of a team. If you lose track of time easily, set a timer while you brush your teeth, shower and get ready to go out so you can solidify your concept of how long it takes. Some people arrive late to feel special or in control of certain situations. If you do this, be honest with yourself about it and find other ways to capture those feelings. Try to be more optimistic, as well. The more upbeat you are, the more energized you will feel about getting where you are going and accomplishing the tasks that await you there.

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