Five Little Ways to Stop Being Stressed and Start Being on Time

Five Little Ways to Stop Being Stressed and Start Being on Time

Look at your day the night before or first thing in the morning. Where do you have to be, and by when? What do you have to do, and how long will each task take you? All you have to do is a bit of time budgeting!

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By Grace Cherian

Some people are perpetually late. They race into the office every morning, stressed and dishevelled, and they always have to reschedule meetings.

How do these people do it? Isn’t it so anxiety-inducing to always race against the clock? If you take a few minutes for preparation and think ahead, it’s way easier than contending with time as a constant enemy. People who are habitually late don’t do themselves any favours, that’s for sure. Their lack of organization means they never got selected for leadership roles, and they aren’t considered for the promotion they want. This isn’t surprising.
The good news is that punctuality is not a gene. Anyone can master it! Yes, even that friend who always makes you lose your table at the trendy new restaurant and the colleague who is consistently ten minutes late to
Here’s how you can manage to stay on (or ahead of) schedule 99 percent of the time!

1. Refuse to take on too much.
Overscheduled people (guilty!) run the risk of being late because they squeeze more into their calendar than a 24-hour slot will allow. Hey, you can’t fit seven eggs into a half-dozen carton without a mess. This one simple rule will transform your life.

What can you scratch off the agenda before you even begin today? Get real with yourself here. What can you say “no” to in order to give your best to the things that really matter? You know, don’t you? So decline! Delete! Reject that caller dialing you with an unknown number who will hold you up. Say “No, thank you,” more than “Well, OK.”

2. Set aside a few minutes to plan.
Look at your day the night before or first thing in the morning. Where do you have to be, and by when? What do you have to do, and how long will each task take you? All you have to do is a bit of time budgeting!
Say you have three tasks to complete, and two meetings that both require a little preparation and travel time. Schedule an approximate time for each of the three tasks, and give yourself some extra padding in case you need a little longer than you think. Accounting for error is not only practical, it allows you to zip around without worry.

Now you have a gorgeous, on-time day ahead, with zero schedule-related stress. It can be that simple.

3. Have some hacks handy.
For those of you ladies who are reading this, setting aside some dry shampoo, an accessory collection that dials up a basic black outfit, and a handbag-ready bright lipstick, will save you thirty minutes or more per day. When you have some time-saving hacks in your life, your appearance remains strong in a fraction of the time.
On your commute home every evening, decide which outfit you’ll wear next day. Figure out what’s clean and what will work with the weather to make the next morning that much smoother.

4. Start batching.
Whether you’re planning Instagram updates, sending emails, or even make-ahead meals for the week, batching is a time-saver. Once you’re in a shopping, writing, or social media mindset, optimize that by thinking a few days or a week out. When you’re already at Whole Foods, could you satisfy not just your current craving, but also make snacks for the week? A working mum shared the secret of batching meals, chores, and even paying bills online. Try it—you won’t go back.

5. Just lie
Yes, lie! If late people in your life hold you back, tell them that the event is an hour before it actually is. Tell your perpetually tardy friend that the reservation is for 7:00 p.m. when it’s actually 7:30.
How will you save time this week, early bird?

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