The key to managing your time
Being late, late, late for a very important date is all too common these days. The ability to bang out a “Be there in 5” text gives us a “looser attitude toward being on time,” according to Thor Miller, author of Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business, on his PsychologyToday.com blog. But if you’re constantly operating in Your Own Standard Time, you may give your bosses and co-workers the impression you’re irresponsible (or give those you manage the impression you’re on a power trip), and make friends and family assume you think your time is more valuable than theirs. To develop better time management skills, it helps to identify the real reasons behind your lateness:
You’re a terrible time budgeter
If you tend to be late by varying amounts of time each time (versus always 10 minutes late to work every day, like clockwork), your problem is likely that you’re not good at planning how long things really take you, says time-management expert Julie Morgenstern on WebMD.com. Time management trick: Keep track of what you do for a week and how long it really takes you. You may learn that the five minutes you allot to blow-dry your hair really takes 10, for example. Set up mini deadlines to keep you honest to your schedule, recommends business psychologist Debra Condren, PhD, on WomansDay.com. “Say, now OK, it’s 7:15 a.m.; I’ve got to go for a 20-minute walk, then I have to be in the shower by 7:40, and I have to be out of the shower by 8,” she advises. These little pep talks help you to better adjust your plan if something takes longer than you budgeted.