ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –About 15 to 20 percent of Americans say they’re consistently late to appointments and meetings. With so many distractions and responsibilities, being perpetually late can be a problem for a lot of people. Here are some ways to help you understand why you’re late and how to fix it. Being on time
Are you in a constant battle with the clock? Being perpetually late can affect your work and social life. One mistake latecomers make: they underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete tasks. Another problem – multitasking. People who don’t like to waste time often want to squeeze in as many tasks as possible, but the result is usually running out of time. Another problem: if you’re more “Type B,” you might perceive time differently. One study found Type A people tended to estimate a minute had passed after 58 seconds, while Type B people perceived a minute to be 77 seconds.
To break the cycle: make being prompt a priority. Try a time-keeping app to help you schedule your day. You can also use an old-fashioned timer to keep you on track. Write down how long tasks should take and stick to your limits. Instead of multi-tasking, you might want to try “cluster-tasking.” That’s doing related tasks at the same time every day, such as checking email and making calls in one block of time. But if you are always late, know this: many business owners believe being on time is actually showing up late and ten minutes early is considered being on time.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Writer and Robert Walko, Videographer and Editor.
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