4 Reasons To Be On Time And How To Get There

4 Reasons To Be On Time And How To Get There

Whether it's the dentist, your kids' soccer practice, or the office, being on time is an important way to minimize stress and form great relationships with your acquaintances and peers. Read on to learn more about the importance of being on time and ways that you can help get yourself on a great schedule.

Choose the Least Stressful Journey
Getting ready and leaving the house a few minutes earlier can mean the difference between a stressful commute filled with fast braking and cursing and a leisurely ride where you can enjoy your favorite morning radio show. We promise -- your day will go much more smoothly if you pick the latter.

Time to Prepare
At the doctor or dentist, there is always a form to fill out before you go in for your appointment. Being early ensures that your appointment starts on time. The same is true for the office, it's always nice to have a few minutes to yourself to make a cup of coffee and assemble your papers before you run into your first meeting.

Relationship Building
We've all been in situations where we plan to meet a friend for dinner, and they're either on-time or late. If a friend is late, it often causes worry and stress, especially if you have limited time together to begin with. As a courtesy to your friends, it's great to plan to be on time or at least a bit early, just to show them that you value their time and that the appointment is a priority for you.

Timeliness factors into overall dependability in your personal and work life. Consistently being even just 5 minutes late to pick up your kids says something about whether you can fulfill commitments. Even if 5 minutes doesn't seem that important, in the grand scheme of things, you want to be counted on to do what you say you will in all cases. 

Ways to Help you be on Time:
1. Invest in a planning book where you write all of your appointments and to-do items. Keeping everything together in one book is a great way to make sure that you are aware of all your commitments.
2. Utilize technology if you're prone to forgetfulness. Most cell phones have reminder systems so that you can set alarms for specific times. Email programs on the computer often have alert programs that give pop-ups on your screen.
3. It's okay to lie to yourself. Fudge appointment times by 10 minutes so that you begin to arrive earlier until you are early by habit.


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