Waking up late, rushing to get ready, forgetting something…stressed and harried…This is NOT the way to start your day. Yet lateness is a problem that plagues a lot of people.
If you’re habitually late to meetings, work and events, you are tarnishing your professional reputation. It really doesn’t matter how skilled, smart, talented or lovable you are‑lateness can hold you back….
I recently did an Interview with News 6 about why people are late. It’s not all the cut and dry reasons that you may think of. Many times it’s other things that have come up in this day in age. Like how social media plays a role in keeping you up at night, whether your scrolling through the time line, when you should be sleeping or you’re stressing about your life based on someone else’s picture-perfect existence on Instagram. These things are playing a role in why you may be over sleeping, hitting snooze and jumping up behind.
Another reason people are late is because they are constantly obsessing about not being late. Your life will go in the direction of your most dominant thought. It’s counterproductive to think, “I don’t want to be late!” while you’re rushing to get dressed and out the door. Instead try taking a few minutes at night to plan ahead for the next morning.
Watch the video here and keep reading for a few tips to being on time.
Prepare your clothes, work bag and lunch the night before, making sure everything is ready to go. This will help you get ready quicker in the morning.
Before you sleep, brain dump. Get all of the nagging thoughts out of your mind so that you can sleep better. Write everything in a journal so that you can review it later, then close the book and sleep soundly.
So how can being on time cause you to increase? Here are a few reasons why:
1. Timeliness brings favor to the meeting. When you can overcome daily obstacles and still be on time for a meeting, it shows that you care. Your timely presence will be viewed in a favorable way and ensure that your meeting gets off to a great start. Especially when you’re meeting with a client or a prospect with whom you want to do business with.
2. Timeliness is a way to display your work ethic. You educate people on how to treat you according to your actions. Your lack of timeliness can send the message that you will handle an account with the same haphazard attitude. When people are investing in your business, they want to know that their time and money is in good hands. Showing up on time is the first step to reassuring them.
3. Your timeliness helps you perform better. Lateness triggers anxiety of the worst kind. For some they start sweating badly, stammering, or can hardly focus because they are guilt-ridden about being late in the first place. When you’re on time, you’re more confident and focused, thus causing you to perform better in the moment.
4. Finishing Deadlines on Time will result in more business. People who are on time often are timely on their projects as well. Customers and clients will appreciate and do repeat business when you’re capable of delivering on schedule as promised.
I want to hear from you…how has lateness affected your business? What do you plan to do different this year to improve your timeliness? Comment below