Tips so You're Never Late Again

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My family and I joke that my husband is like my mother in our marriage and I'm like my father. This is especially true when it comes to being on time. I generally like to arrive 15 minutes or so early, just in case anything can happen. My husband can contest to this, which adds a nice shakeup to our marriage since he is one that tends to be late for everything.

Here are some tricks that I use to help me to be early:

I get off my cell phone and/or other electronics.
For me, it's easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole that is the internet. I've had times when I decided to look up one quick thing. Next thing I know, it's been 45 minutes later and I'm reading about some obscure subject I've never heard of.

I set out everything I need the night before.
This includes purse, keys, outfit, or whatever else I need. This makes sure that I'm not scrambling around, trying to find something. My cat has been known to take my keys, so I make sure to put them somewhere he can't get to.

I allow myself extra time.
Some people use what's called the 40% method, which is the idea that it will take you 40% longer to get anywhere you're going. As I'm bad at math, I just usually block in extra time of about 30 minutes.

I look at the weather and traffic.
It sounds simple, but knowing the weather and knowing the time of day for when traffic is the worst has made my life so much easier. I live in a busy metro area, so I know that if I have an appointment at 9am, noon, or 5pm, I'm know that I'm going to incur a lot of traffic.

Simply Yours,

A. Leah


  1. My mother always drilled it into us about being punctual. She said that it was the ultimate in rudeness to be late---that you are declaring the other (person/job/whatever) to be not important to be there when promised. That always stuck with me. My son was raised the same way. He was a handful in his teenage years--a real troublemaker, but he was polite AND ON TIME! Ha.
    Great tips. Loved this post. Have a great weekend

  2. Hey, I'm super punctual. When it comes to work and movies :)

    1. Maybe I have some Spanish ancestry?

      "As far as meetings are concerned, it is better not to turn up strictly on time for Spanish appointments. In Spain, punctuality messes up schedules."