If you want to make a big difference in your life, be punctual. Yes, you heard me, be on time. Dont be late. In these times, showing up early is half the battle won.
“80% of success is showing up early.”
– Michael Bloomberg
Make being on time a priority for you. Make a decision not to be late anymore for anything.
For starter, set the time on your clocks at home 10 minutes ahead. I found this to be the best thing that helped me to be early for appointments. Oh, and it helps if you put all your appointments in Google Calendar and sync them to your mobile phone so that Google Calendar can send you a reminder when your appointment is due. (Men: put in your anniversary dates, make it a perpetual reminder, and set its notification to remind you 4 days earlier — your spouses will love you for it. While you’re doing that, it helps to put in birth dates of your children 🙂 and the year they were born)
Secondly, estimate how long it will take you to be ready for an appointment and then add 50% more time to it. Really, I am not joking. If you think you can dress up and take a cab to your next appointment in 1 hour, add 30 minutes to it. Humans have this tendency to compress time – we always think it takes us less time to do something than it normally does. We’re not superman or wonder women.
Always prepare what you need for you appointment ahead of time. Dont be silly in thinking you can scramble all your need on your way out. Doesn’t work homey. I’ve tried this for years and failed very single time.
Lastly, prepare for the worst. If your car dies in the middle of the road, have the phone number of your next appointment so that you can call ahead and inform them. Did you bring an extra pen? Did you remember to charge your laptop battery for today’s long presentation?
“Arriving late is saying that your own time is more important than the time of the person who waited for you.”
– Karen Joy Fowler