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Always Running Late? Here’s How to Avoid It

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There are some who procrastinate because they work better on deadline. Then there are those who procrastinate and don’t know why so they’re always running late. Here are a few reasons why. 

Are you bad with time management? I used to be this way. I was still at work at 4 in the afternoon, eleven hours after I got there. There are some days where this is warranted, but most of the time, it was just because I sucked at time management. I realized that I just needed to be better at understanding how long things take. Doing my hair with the curling iron or straightener takes more than 10 minutes, so I have learned that I can’t get up at 4:30 and expect to be out the door before 5. If I have to curl or straighten my hair, I have to get up at 4:15 and be done with that no later than 4:40. Then I set mini-deadlines for myself so I can get out the door on time. Set timers for a few days so you know exactly how long things take and can plan accordingly.


Do you know how to say no? I don’t. If you need to get the kids at day care by 5:30 and it takes you 25 minutes to get there and you’re picking up everything at 5:02 and someone asks you to help them with something, say no. If you do have time, go ahead, but if you know you have to leave in a few minutes, help them until you have to go or just say no, but be apologetic about it.


Do you thrive on drama? It’s OK sometimes. Procrastinators wait until the absolute last minute to do things because they need an adrenaline rush to get them going. Sometimes, though something happens before you leave the house and you end up five minutes behind schedule. It throws your entire routine off. Sometimes this happens to me in the morning. Like today. My cat decided to roll around on my sweater while I was brushing my teeth. I have everything planned down to the minute, so while she looked so cute sitting there looking at me it was hard to get mad, I didn’t have time to start the coffee or find my mittens because I was busy brushing the cat hair off my sweater. Thankfully this doesn’t happen every day, but if this happens to you more often than not, try doing as much as possible the night before.


I’m so guilty of this next one. I try and do “one more thing” before I leave. It’s only going to take a minute or two to do something and then you think of something else and then something else and before you know it, it’s 45 minutes past when you wanted to leave. Before we fall into this trap, ask, “Can it wait?” If the answer is yes, clean up your desk and leave. If the answer is no, do that one thing and then clean up your desk and leave.

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