Although many people see money as the most valuable currency on earth, the truth is that it is time. Time is the ultimate measurement of how long it takes to get something done, how quickly we use our skills to accomplish things, and how many moments we have left over to do the things that we enjoy.
Lack of time doesn’t only hinder our productivity, but it can affect our interpersonal relationships, and leave us feeling like we never have enough time to do what we need to do. The more you let time slip through your fingers, the more frustrated you’ll feel trying to catch up.
If you find yourself frequently racing the clock, then this article is for you. By practicing these simple tips, you won’t just be more punctual, ubt you’ll live a less stressful lifestyle overall.
Sometimes the simple act of doing something isn’t enough to keep us motivated to do it. It’s important that you set an intention that clearly states why it is that you want to be on time. Perhaps it’s because you want to make more money.
Perhaps it’s because you’re tired of being embarrassed in front of your colleagues. Or maybe you want to be able to devote more time to your passions. Once you decide why it is that you want to be more punctual, you’ll be much more prepared to commit.
Check The Clock
It may seem simple, yet it’s incredibly important— a clock. Buy a clock for every room in your house and make sure that it’s visible from everywhere that you are. The more aware you are of the time, the less likely you are to find yourself rushing at the last minute. Check frequently, and don’t be afraid to set alarms if you need to.
You can think of your punctuality as a muscle. The more that you train it, the less you’ll need to look at the clocks for reference because you’ll know in your body what 15 minutes feels like and so on.
Start With Big Tasks First
Getting your tasks done should always start with the largest first. If you get the big ones out of the way, then your productivity will go faster and faster as you go down your list. Not to mention that when you finish your top priority tasks before the rest, it gives you more freedom to juggle your schedule. When your to-do list is full of things that aren’t necessarily urgent, you can rearrange your schedule, or even push things back a day, making it much easier to get where you need to be on time.
If you’re frequently late, it’s important that you discover what it is that’s holding you back and eliminate those distractions. Do you find yourself frequently late because of your phone? Perhaps it’s talking to a certain colleague, or doing housework before you leave. Whatever it is, it’s important that you eradicate it from your routine.