Despite having lived in Ireland for almost 20 years I still value my Norwegian punctuality. I have tried to arrive “fashionably late” for a few dinner parties over the years but I would never apply this idea to the work place.
Here’s a few good reasons why:
I would be surprised if anyone disagrees with these statements, but punctuality doesn’t come naturally to everyone. However, the good news is that you can train yourself to be on time by changing your habits.
Here's two simple 'tricks' for being more punctual:
Don’t overbook yourself
Make sure that you only commit to do the number of things that you can realistically get done, on time. Most people over-estimate how much they can get done in one day. The good news is that they also under-estimate how much they can get done in one year.
Say goodbye to wasting other peoples time by accepting the fact that you can not do it all, all at once.
Give yourself a time buffer
Even if you know how long it takes you to perform different tasks, give yourself some extra time in case of unexpected events, like computer problems for instance. It seems only to happen when you’re too close to a deadline.
Add 15 minutes to any journey, just in case of delays. If you figure it will take half an hour to get to your meeting site, leave 45 minutes early just in case.
Follow these two practical habits and punctuality will follow.
Well, it works for me. However, if you’d like to get properly serious about it there’s plenty of ways to go about it.
First thing to do is to time your daily tasks and distractions. You will probably be surprised to discover that what you thought took a short half hour actually takes twice that time. How long does it take you to get out the door in the mornings? Really? How long does it actually take?
You will guaranteed find plenty of 'time sinkholes' also, like popping out for a coffee or checking your social media. Remember; “When you’ve got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes.”
A quick browse on the web resulted in plenty of other tips, like changing the time on your watch or surrounding yourself with timepieces. Personally this would just stress me out but it might work for you? Check out this link to WikiHow for more: Arrive on time, http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Punctual
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late? Well, that notion certainly doesn’t apply to the up-coming party season, but it’s worth considering changing your habits if you’re the one who is always late with work.
Could it be your New Year’s Resolution?