5 tips to help anyone be on time!
It's a new year which gives us all a chance to work on something. Someone close to me recently asked me for some pointers on how to be on time. Now, I will be the first to say that I am not always on time, but for most things in my life I try to show up slightly early or right on time. Since starting a business, I must meet my client BEFORE they arrive,so I have time to set up my photography equipment, mentally prepare, and so on. I must arrive early! I think this stems from rushing around before I had kids. I am not sure if I have ever been to Sunday church with my family on time. I remember one morning we arrived 10 minutes early and it seemed so unlike us, we left to grab coffee, and then yes, we ended up being late. "sigh." Now that I know I am more of an "on time" person, I try to make it as easy as possible on myself.
These are my five tips I have found helpful in getting out the door and hopefully arriving on time!
1. Wake up earlier:: Listen, if you have kids it is amazing to have a few moments to yourself every morning. I sip on a cup of coffee, blog, do some yoga, anything really that I usually don't get to enjoy by myself. If you don't have kids, imagine how nice it would be to give yourself an extra half hour. If doing this everyday is way too much for you, try to do it 2-3 days a week. See how much your attitude changes!
2. Prepare the night before:: I get it. The kids are in bed and you are ready for some reality tv. Whether I am going for a hike or to the gym the next morning, I try to have as much as I can ready to go. That means my son's backpack packed with snacks and my gym bag ready to walk out the door. It is one less thing to worry about in the morning.
3. Set realistic appointment times:: This is a big one! Don't make a 8:00AM dentist appointment if you have to drop the kids off at school at 7:55AM. Yes, even if it is next door to the school. You won't make it. Give yourself more time than you think you need. I am a huge fan of 10:00AM appointments or even later afternoon appointments, since it is the last of the day and they are typically speedy and ready to go.
4. Embrace the day planner:: Yes, having everything on your phone is super handy, but trust me the day planner is still alive and needed. Writing things down helps you to remember and store the information. Make it a part of your morning routine, to sit down and look at the week ahead. Also, when I am on the go, as a business owner also, I have my calendar IN MY BAG, at all times. There will be a client that WILL call.
5. Make the car exciting:: OK, I know this one seems weird. But, when you are enjoying something it makes it more exciting to actually do it. I am a huge fan of books on tape and podcasts and since we live pretty far from everything we do, I listen to a lot of them. I also keep books and a few toys in the car for by boys, so they has something to do while driving to our destination. The more excited about what we have waiting for us, the more likely we are to get in the car. And hey if you are early, you get to finish the chapter!!
Don't get discouraged, I am right there with you and If I can do it, you can! There will be hectic days, I have yet to get out of the house before 8:00 AM this year, but I know things will eventually fall back into place. If you're late, apologize and make it a point to not be late the next time.
Remember, everyone's time is worth something, even yours!
I hope this helps!
Let me know how this has helped below or if you want to add a Tip, I personally would LOVE to hear it!