Post # 1
Figured we could help out some fellow bees that feel they have no hope of ever arriving to something on time 🙂
Tips that I personally use:
I set my clocks 2-3mins ahead of the real time (universal clock). Any more than that and it doesn’t seem to help me. Any less doesn’t really do anything.
I always add 5-15 minutes onto my driving time (depending on distance and if its city driving vs country driving)
I know EXACTLY how long it takes me to do things when even when I’m moving my slowest (ie a quick shower with no hair and make-up vs long, take my time shower with hair AND make-up)
Any other tips?
Post # 3
@Woodstock: I got rid of the atomic clocks in my house, and set all my clocks 15-20 minutes fast. Now I can leave for work at the same time I am supposed to arrive.
Also getting things ready the night before, set up the coffee pot, picking out clothes, etc.
Post # 4
@Woodstock: every single darn thing you said I do… good tips 🙂 Nothing to add.. 🙂
Post # 5
None of those things work on my perpetually late family members, because they already know that all the clocks are wrong. It actually backfires, since they assume they have more time than they already have.
Which pisses me off even more, hahahaha.
Post # 6
I’m an evening showerer. Consider evening showering. Depending on how you do your hair in the mornings, it could save you time in the hair department too.
wait… Am I weird? Does anyone else shower before bed?
Post # 7
Don’t view your time as more important than everyone else’s. This isn’t true of all chronically late people, but I know some where I get that feeling from.
Post # 8
Make lunches, get towels out and leave important stuff at the door the night before so you’re not running around.
Post # 9
@CarolF: I do too! But I’m still late for everything 🙁
Post # 10
@CarolF: I do! I have massive hair, if I try to do it in the morning it won’t dry until I get out of work. Plus I work out in the evenings, too, so it works out better for me.
As for my tip: do everything the night before. You won’t have time to do it before you leave.
Post # 11
@CarolF: Not weird! I switch it up. When it’s -40 you do not want hair to be even slightly damp and I know quite a few women who start showering at night during a cold snap if they don’t already.
Post # 12
I have clocks everywhere in the house, and they are all 3 minutes ahead (enough so that I get my butt moving, but not enough where I think, oh, I’ve still got time). Theres a clock in the bathroom, bedroom, on the microwave, computer, and I’ve got my watch. So for example, I can’t go into the bathroom and do my hair and lose track of time, its glaring me in the face.
I also make sure I know how to get where i’m going, and have a goal to get wherever I’m going 10 minutes early (which means I actually get there like 3-5 minutes early).
Post # 13
My alarm clock is 10 min ahead.
Post # 14
I shower at night most of the time and I put all of my things (purse, lab coat, keys…) by the front door so I’m not looking for them in the morning. I also like to set out what I’m wearing the night before as well.
Post # 15
@CarolF: I do. I have long, really thick hair and I don’t want to spend the extra ten minutes for showering, and 25 minutes on top of that for a blow dry.
Definitely saves me in the morning!
Post # 16
I know I like to lay in bed for five minutes in the morning, so I set my alarm 10 minutes earlier than it needs to be so I can lay there and check email, Facebook, etc. I DO NOT snooze, because I find it starts a cycle of continuous snooze, causing one to lose sleep and not get up any earlier.
I also prep things at night. I always pack my lunch at night, gather my belongings, etc.
I also add 5-15 minutes to my estimated driving time if I am going somewhere new or far. I don’t for work because I know the time by now – but for new routes you never know if there will be construction or heavy traffic, so I play it safe.