“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.”
Time is that precious gem that can give so many benefits if you use it properly and respect it. Be on schedule is one of the first and best impression that you can have on someone. But do you know how to be on time, here are few things that can help you out.
1. Don’t check your email or voicemail right before you leave.
That last quick phone check could be your most time taking task you can possibly do. If you think something important can be on your email then you can check otherwise no need to check your phone.
2. Plan for trouble.
Always be early around 25 minutes so if anything bad happens in between like traffic. If you have a task of 3 hours be ready to give 4 hours. Always be ahead in your schedule. Always be prepared for a trouble that can make delay.
3. Set up the night before.
If you are kind of person that think can’t do planning in the morning so be prepared at night. Prepare your clothes, your bag, keys and purse for tomorrow. So, in the morning just wake up, get dress, grab your stuff and leave.
4. Set your clocks ahead a few minutes each — by different amounts.
This is what my parents do all the time. They set the clock 15 min ahead of the actually planned schedule so that others get ready for that fixed time and being on time. I don’t like it though but yes this technique always helps.
5. Learn to better estimate.
Use a planning tracker app and keep the estimate of how long a task will take and what is your deadline. time tracker app is your rescue time, record this time and try to do better next time.
6. Schedule events 10 minutes early.
Assume you have an appointment at 1:00 pm then scheduled it at 12:50 pm so you can arrive early than the actual timings. This will put a great impression on others in your organization.
7. Set reminders.
Use your calendar app on your phone as a reminder or alarm clock, both can work. Set an alarm for an event that can be held on someday and you won’t forget it.