Are you always late? Tired of it and want to change? This post is for you because I’m digging in and laying out specific strategies to help you start being on time! I’ll show you exactly how to break your cycle of lateness. I’ve found that with professional women, who are educated and smart (that’s you!), there’s a tendency to think that they can do it all. I like to call this Super Woman Syndrome. And this type of thinking leads to Super Women trying to do more than time can really allow for, causing lateness. Truth is, you probably can do it all, but not all at once! Managing multiple different obligations and commitments requires not only good decision making, but also not habitually underestimating how long tasks will take.
My strategies for busting the lateness cycle are:
Track your Time
Start keeping track of your time. Look at how long tasks actually took to complete virus how long you thought it would take. Maybe even write this info down in a simple chart: Super Woman Time versus Reality Time. Once you see the time different, make an adjustment where needed to allow for enough time to complete the task.
Be honest with yourself about why you are late. Is is time under estimation? Lack of preparation? Another reason? Once you have identified a reason for why you are late, you’ll see the answer for how to change. If you’re late getting out the door in the morning because you’re rushing around, get as much done the night before as possible – clothes, accessories, hairstyle and breakfast options chosen, etc. If you can’t see the answer, then maybe you aren’t really being honest with yourself about the reasons for your lateness. You have to get real the change.
Set your own deadline
Aim to not just be on time, but be early with all deadlines. This way, even if you surpass your own early deadline, you’ll meet the true deadline.
Over to you!
Do you struggle with lateness? Have another tested tried-and-true method? Share it with me here or on my Facebook page.
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