to Help You Be More Punctual
only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss
the train before. ~ G. K. Chesterson
you have trouble with being punctual, try these tips to help get
places on time.
of Your Appointments in a Master Calendar
1. Write down
all of your appointments, activities, parties, lunches, etc. in
one place on one master calendar. This can be either a desk top,
wall, PC or online calendar. They each have their advantages and
disadvantages. Use whatever works best for you. The important thing
is to not have multiple calendars that can get out of sync. Google
has free online calendar software that allows friends and family
members to see each other's schedules. If you have children it helps
to have one master family organizer calendar kept posted on the
wall where everyone can see their own schedule and the schedules
of all of the other family members. Visit www.google.com/calendar
for more information.
your appointments on little scraps of paper taped to your PC monitor,
refrigerator or bathroom mirror. If you have your appointments reminders
all over the house then sooner or later you are going to end up
having a scrap of paper on the bathroom mirror to remind you of
a doctor's appointment at the same time the scrap of paper on your
PC reminds you of a lunch appointment with your old friend Susie.
So keep everything you need to do on one master calendar in order
to prevent overlaps and schedule conflicts.
Times in Your Calendar
2. On your calendar,
don't just write down the time of your appointments, but the time
you need to leave the house for your appointments. Plan on
arriving 10 - 15 minutes early to allow for delays. Take a book
to read, a nail file, crossowrd puzzle, or head phones and an MP3
player with music or books on it for something to do if you arrive
If you are going
some place new, the night before look at a map and estimate how
long it will take to get there and add a little pad time for getting
lost along the way. You can also print out directions from an online
site like Yahoo Maps or Mapquest to help figure out the best route
and shortest driving times.
Take a Tip
from the Boy Scouts and Be Prepared
3. Each day
check your calendar to see what is going on the next day, or better
yet the next week, and prepare any items you need well in advance
of each event or appointment. I don't have a GPS system so I always
keep maps of the local area in my car. That way if I get stuck in
traffic, get lost or need to take a detour I can still find my way
to my destination.
Lay out the
items you need for activities the night before. If you have young
children still in diapers, keep their diaper bags packed and ready
to go at all times with wipes, fresh diapers, clean clothes and
snacks. School age children should lay out their clothes, homework,
shoes, jacket, etc. the night before school to save time in the
morning. It helps to have a checklist or chart for children (and
adults, too) with a list of these tasks so kids can check them off
the night before as they are completed. Working
adults can layout clothes, work papers, etc. the night before work.
Brown bag lunches can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator.
Your Morning Routine
4. If you or
members of your family have trouble with being on time in the mornings,
try the following tips.
Save the more
elaborate breakfasts for weekends. During the week have easy breakfast
foods laid out and ready to go, such as hard boiled eggs, English
muffins, sliced deli ham, fresh fruit, fruit salad, juice, prepared
quiches, cold cereal and protein bars.
congestion is a problem in the morning, have some family members
shower at nighttime instead of in the morning. You can also have
a set schedule for bathroom times for each family member for both
day and evening routines.
of Your Keys
5. If you are
frequently late because you can't find your keys, try to always
keep your keys in the same place. Then keep a spare set of keys
in a designated place - just in case. Another option is to buy an
electronic key finder. There are some where you attach a sound activated
device to your keys. If you can't find your keys you can clap your
hand and your keys will start beeping. Key chains and clips can
also be helpful for wandering keys.
6. If you late
in the morning because you oversleep, try setting your alarm clock
very loudly and put it across the room so you have to walk over
to turn it off. If you get an alarm clock with an AM/PM setting,
then you can set it right away each morning for the next day. Try
to go to bed early enough each night so your body isn't still in
a deep sleep phase when it is time for your alarm to go off.
once made become debts. If I have made an appointment with you,
I owe you punctuality; I have no right to throw away your time if
I do my own. ~ Cecil
is the very hinge of business; and there is no method without punctuality.
inspires confidence in a business man sooner than punctuality, nor
is there any habit which sooner saps his reputation than that of
being always behind time. ~ W. Mathews
on being punctual.