Let Technology Save You…
While we’re sure you know how to get to your office every day (you do, don’t you?), you cannot control the traffic and how much it could delay you. “There are some great apps that highlight roadblocks, MRT delays and congestion so you can make plans to take alternative routes,” says Anvita, 31, who swears by Waze, SGNextBus and good ol' Google Maps. Basically, saying ‘There was a jam!’ is no longer acceptable today. You're just saying ‘I can’t use my phone properly', so get downloading some assistance.
…But Use A Little Mistrust
“I love Google Maps but I never trust it,” admits Marie, 37. “Whatever time it tells me it will take me to get somewhere, I add at least 15 minutes onto it. Doing so means I'm the first to arrive every single time.”
Put Your Morning Alarm Out Of Reach
You know that handy tip where you’re advised to set all your clocks and watches ten minutes ahead of real time? Pfffffffh. What a load of balony. We’ve set our devices early, we know what the game here! “Instead, I set my alarm early and leave it in the living room,” says Candy, 40. “I have to make it loud enough to hear it, and I use a really annoying ring tone so I want to get up and switch it off. And once I’m up…I’m up.”
Stop Before You Start
Terrible timekeepers tend to begin a task when they know they haven’t got time to do it. If you have a lot on, but five minutes to spare before an important meeting, stop, gather your thoughts and focus on what’s to come. Rushing to start your next task for five minutes will not make a difference to completing it or reducing your workload. Rather, you’ll find it hard to leave your desk and will enter the meeting feeling flustered and unprepared.
Book A Cab
“I book a taxi if I have to get somewhere important on time,” shares Denice, 28. “It gets costly, but it makes me get a move on as I hate it when I know I’m paying a cab waiting time, the driver drives off or starts shouting at me for being late.”
Learn To Leave
So, you’ve got a multi-centred Friday night on the cards? Lucky you! But how do you exit each gathering so you can reach the next as planned? “Learn to be blunt,” explains Penny, 42. “If someone is talking to you – and you know they’re not going to stop soon – take control and say ‘I love what you’re saying but I have to dash to elsewhere now. Can we meet another time to talk further?’ More often than not, the talker will graciously wave you away, so you can make your next gig without sweat dripping down your face or your hair resembling a furball.
Be A Clock Watcher
It’s simple. Leave for every appointment 15 minutes earlier than you usually would. “Often it’s tricky to step away from what I’m already doing,” explains Shermaine, 36. “But then I started putting reminders in my phone and computer to ping at me in advance. Doing so made me realise how calm, composed and organised I appeared to others upon arrival, and I was hooked. I do it for everything now and feel much more in control of my life.”
We're goingto be blunt here, but being constantly late means you have no basic respect for other people’s time. Leaving someone waiting is like a metaphorical hit on the head that you don’t care for you. This is not cool, so please get with it. Thanks.