“Oh crap! I’m running late again…”
This is a sentence that most of us say on a daily basis. We don’t realize it, but this habit can have adverse effects on our professional careers and social environment.
Why is it not acceptable to be late?
To be late, because of a particular reason, is acceptable. But to make this your habit is NOT tolerable in any way. First of all, you need to understand the effects of being late.
People tend to talk about you
A person who is always late is always subjected to people’s cold eyes and sharp glances.
People tend to develop the thought that you take their time for granted and you don’t respect them. Nobody in the world is free and making them wait for you is the last thing you would want to do in your professional life.
Many professionals simply reject the interviewee if he doesn’t show up on the time because this gives the impression that the interviewee is a lazy, rotten egg.
Get rid of this habit NOW!
If you want to succeed in your life, don’t let this one thing ruin everything for you. There is no such thing as “impossible”. You can easily get rid of this habit if you follow these simple steps:
Be organized and Plan Ahead
If you have a meeting tomorrow morning, plan and prepare for it tonight instead of tomorrow morning. Make sure your clothes are pressed and you have all the required documents in your file. Be certain that you know about the destiny and your way. Do not leave anything for the last moment.
“Anything that could go wrong, WILL go wrong”
Nobody can promise you that there won’t be any last minute disasters. You need to prepare yourself for all the eleventh hour problems. People won’t buy the excuse that you got stuck in traffic or your car broke down on the way. These all are petty issues that make the people believe that you are an irresponsible, careless lad.
Many times, people forget about their meetings and commitments. They get so busy in their work that they forget to keep track of the time and end up running late for a business gathering. The best way to overcome this problem is to install reminders for you. These reminders can be an asset in circumstances like these and can help you remember all of your appointments.
Give yourself 15-20 minutes extra
Work your schedule in a way that it gives you 20 minutes extra before every appointment and every meeting. Don’t try to be “on time”, instead, try to “be early”. This gives you a margin so that even if you are unfortunate enough to run into some bad luck, you can have time to work your way out of it.
If you want to get rid of this habit, start working from today. Do not wait for another day, because we all know that “tomorrow” always comes. Make a promise to yourself today, that you will never run late again and start fulfilling that promise from this very moment. Have a happy “not running late” day.