Sorry, I’m late! 5 Tips For More Punctuality

Published on 12/29/2021

Do you also have friends, relatives or colleagues who are always late? Or are you perhaps one of those people yourself who – no matter how hard they try – just can’t manage punctuality? But why is that and how can you learn to be punctual?

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Sorry, I’m late! 5 Tips For More Punctuality

Lack Of Sense Of Time

Flying from Berlin to New York in five hours is impossible if the flight time is 9 hours. However, many people believe that everyday tasks can be accomplished in half the time. Consequence: Chronic time pressure and stress. So what’s the good news about that now? Everyone can learn to calculate realistically and adhere to times. Tip: Check out how long you actually need for some time. In this way, times can be assessed more realistically and you develop a better sense of time.

Gradually Reduce Unpunctuality

The first option is not to switch directly from being late to absolute punctuality, but to approach the new way of life in small steps. While 25 percent of women and 27 percent of men claim that they are never late, the remaining participants in a survey admit to being late every now and then. According to their own statement, 37 percent of men and women are usually only one to five minutes late. It is six to ten minutes for 30 percent of women and 26 percent of men. It is also exciting that one percent of men admit that they are between 31 minutes and an hour late. In general, women are more likely to be considered the unpunctual gender. For you as a self-time-oriented person, this means that you can slowly improve from the average quarter of an hour, for example, which you are chronically late, to ten minutes, then to five minutes and finally maybe even to five minutes ahead of time. Pay more attention to the time again and start efficient punctuality training.

Change Your Clock

Our best tip is: put the clock forward a few minutes. Yes, this tip is not particularly creative, but rather falls into the area of “punctuality classics”. Building on the first two tips, however, it is and will remain completely effective. As a time-oriented person, you have now learned to concentrate more on the time and to keep looking at the clock. If this takes five, ten or even 15 minutes, you trick yourself and hurry up. However, there is another basic requirement for this: You must never think: “Oh, that’s right, the clock is ten minutes ahead”, because then you will override your own mechanism.

Place The Alarm Clock Without Reach

Yes, despite time pressure and the snooze function, it is sometimes really difficult to crawl out of bed in the morning. So you go on sinking into your thoughts until you are already too late and this delay then runs through the entire day. If you are four minutes late for every appointment, meeting and appointment on a day, aren’t you actually somehow on time? If you got up on time in the morning and started the day ten minutes earlier, you might not be seven minutes late all day, but even three minutes early.