Time Management is so important!
Do you have problems with time management? So many people do, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Do you always find yourself running late? Missing appointments?
Some people take it for granted, but it can cost you business deals, jobs and friends. Don’t just assume that “everyone knows I run late”. We always have times that are exceptions to the rules, I’m there with you. Getting lost (I’m good at that), cars breaking down, an event running late – I hear ya. But all it takes is a phone call. Be considerate of the person you are meeting or is counting on you.
Here are some of my tips for staying on time.
Have one on your phone? Use it! If not, download an app. I set mine all the time, even when I am home working. I often get very involved in what I am working on and time can get away from me.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Always give yourself more time than you think it will take. If it is something close by, it may only need to be an extra 15 minutes you add onto your schedule. If it is something across town, a further distance or during a rush hour, you may need to add on an extra 30 – 60 minutes. It is much easier to sit and work on a project or answer emails when you are at your destination a little early, than being late and costing your reputation.
Be Considerate of Others
As much as we may feel that we are the only ones who are important, it isn’t the truth. Being late all the time portrays that feeling to others. By keeping others waiting for you consistently, it is rude in my book. Again, I’m not talking about the occasional event that happens to all of us. I’m talking about those who are consistently and expectedly late.
Teach Your Children To Watch Time Also
Start your children early. If someone is picking them up for school – make sure they are ready and waiting either outside or watching out the window. Don’t make them wait while your child puts on the shoes, hunts for their book bag and grabs their lunch. Why should those people who are doing you a favor by picking up your child – be late (when they were on time to pick up your child) because you/your child aren’t paying attention to the clock.
Likewise – if your child is ready and waiting to go somewhere, how frustrating is it for them to be late because the person picking them up is running late?