“I am always late. I’m late to work. I’m late to appointments. I’m even late to social events. I get lost in whatever I’m doing and lose track of time. I always seem to think I have more time than I actually do. This has become a real issue for me at work and with family and friends. I have lost both jobs and relationships in the past because of this. I could really use some time-management tips! Thanks!”
Good time-management skills can be difficult to develop. Time-management requires two things – being realistic and prioritizing. Think about the tasks that MUST get done and be sure to give yourself more than enough time to complete them. Those who are chronically late sometimes struggle with leaving tasks unfinished. Typically this leaves them feeling rushed and stressed. Don’t be afraid to leave in the middle of a chore or activity in order to make it somewhere on time. The chore will still be there when you get back, but you cannot undo showing up late. Be realistic about travel time and set deadlines. You will be amazed at how different it feels to show up early or on time versus late and disoriented.