The Ultimate Guide to Being on Time


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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