Being late isn’t fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re late for work, an appointment or lunch with the girls. It can really put a cramp in your day. These’re some tips to help you avoid being late.
1. Time Yourself Getting Ready
You may be late because you aren’t aware of how long it takes you to get ready. You could be underestimating the time it takes. Have you ever timed yourself getting ready? Chances are that you haven’t but it can be very helpful to do this. Once you know how long it takes you to get ready, you’ll know exactly how much time you need to allow.
2. Avoid the “Nothing Fits” Problem
Don’t you hate when nothing fits right or you just can’t seem to find the right outfit? You can avoid this problem by tackling it the night before. Choosing you clothing beforehand saves you the stress of this problem when you’re getting ready. If you think there’s going to be a possible problem about fit, try it on, too. There’s nothing worse than scrambling for an outfit last minute.
3. Resist the Urge to Scrap Your Hairstyle
You know what I’m talking about don’t you? You work forever on your hair and then in one split second, you decide you hate it so you immediately comb out the curl or take down your carefully constructed ponytail. Don’t do it. You’ll not only make yourself late but probably not get your hair to look as good as it did originally. When that feeling hits, give your hair a final spritz of hairspray and walk away.
4. Get Your Things Together Ahead of Time
If you need anything more than your purse as you head out the door then you should prepare it ahead of time. A lot of times we girls love to carry a tote bag along to take extra things. The time to pack it is the day before. If you’re going to an appointment and know you’ll have to wait, slip your book into your purse or on top of it the night before. Whatever is going with you should be packed and prepared early.
5. Keep Your Keys and Purse in the Same Spot All the Time
Nothing is worse than being ready to walk out the door and realizing you don’t have a clue where your keys are. You could be running on time and now you’re suddenly late because you can’t leave without your keys. Frustrating, right? You can avoid this issue by keeping your keys in the same place all the time, and ditto with your purse. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache by following this practice.
6. Know How Long It Takes You to Travel to Your Destination
Just like you probably don’t know exactly how long it takes you to get ready, you probably don’t know how long it takes you to get to your destination. You may know on the places you go most frequently. Others may be a more difficult for you to estimate. Time yourself traveling to those places so you’ll know in the future. Then you can avoid the stress that goes along with being late.
7. Allow Time for Unplanned Delays
Even if you’re on time, an unexpected delay can throw you off. Road construction, coming upon a car accident and even rush hour can cause you to be late. For those reasons, it’s good to allow a little extra time. It’s always better to be early than late. If you do end up with a few minutes of extra time, you can use it to check your email or freshen your makeup.
These’re 7 tips to help you be on time wherever you’re going. Is being late an issue for you? Which of these tips do you need to use?