You may think that being a few minutes late is no big deal. It's easy to assume that no one really minds when you're late, but the truth is that when you are late you are sending the message that you believe your time is more important than anyone else's time. Being late makes a bad impression and gives other people a reason to believe that you are behaving selfishly. Sure, we all run late every great now and then, but if you are chronically late it may be hurting you professionally and irritating people you care about. Kicking the bad habit of showing up late is a great self-improvement goal.
Here are a few tips that can help you make being on time a priority.
- Set your clocks ahead a few minutes. You might think you would get used to the adjustment and slip back into bad habits, but you would be surprised how well it works to set your clocks fast. Even when you remember that your clocks are set ahead, you also remember why you did that and honor the faster time.
- Plan for a time buffer. If you are late a lot, chances are you always assume you can accomplish more in a set amount of time than is really possible. Recognize that you are a time optimist and start padding your estimates of how long it will take you to get ready, or run a quick errand.
- Be willing to interrupt a conversation to leave on time. Sometimes we can run late because we get caught up in a conversation and we don't want to be rude, even though we know we really ought to be leaving. Remember that interrupting to say you have to be somewhere is no more rude than making the next person wait on you to arrive. People will understand and respect that you are honoring your time commitments.
- Own your mistakes. When you are late, recognize that you have inconvenienced someone. Take the time to write and send a note of apology. This humbling task will help you remember how important it is to be on time.
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