Last Updated Sep 1, 2010 7:20 AM EDT
Awesomely named blog Dumb Little Man thinks it's possible. In a post written by the habitually late child of a habitually late father, the blog lays out the case that there are ways to become more punctual, even if your inability to be on time feels like a deeply ingrained aspect of your character. Here are nine tips to try:
- The first step is acceptance. Admit you have a problem and enlist help.
- Surround yourself with clocks (not just the one on your cell phone).
- Bring something to read or occupy you, so if you arrive early, you don't feel like you're "wasting time."
- Give yourself a handicap. If you're a bad estimator, double the time you think it will take to get there.
- If you've never been where you're going, look up directions beforehand (not at the time you're supposed to be walking out the door).
- Before you accept invitations for engagements, ask yourself if you really can, or want to, attend. If you're hesitant, perhaps it's better to politely decline than rudely arrive late.
- Don't try to do too much. Keep a detailed schedule and don't be distracted by tasks not on it.
- Fine yourself a dollar (to your piggy bank) for every minute you're late.
- Hypnosis. Hey, it can't hurt, right?
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