Note to Self: Tips On How Not To Be Late, Again

Yes you can call it “the sequel.”

Being on time is a way to determine how you respect other people’s time. It may be, for work, school, meetings with friends, colleagues or relatives, new potential relationships.

Every year, on New Year’s Eve. You promise incorporate in your New Year’s Resolution, Not to be late. It may be FIRST on your list with few other repeated self-improving self-imposed rules or resolutions that you never ever give up. That’s the spirit. Never give up. But you never need to give that one up if you only have already resolved it.

After all the times that I closed my eyes, shut my mouth and open my mind to all the possible excuses you came up with, after all the broken self-imposed promises, now, I’m all in. You have a serious TARDINESS DISORDER that you have to work on. It’s about time for a specific hardcore action plan. Help Yourself!

1. Buy the Freaking Ear-Blowing Alarm Clock that doesn’t have a snooze option!  One that you can’t abuse the snooze option because there isn’t any. THE alarm clock, not AN. Oh! You already have one. USE IT! Make it the specific alarm system that you obey. You can give it a name. Make it your boss. Respect “THE” alarm clock. Wake up when it calls you. You shouldn’t expect people to wake you up all the time, you have to be responsible with yourself, your time. Other people, they, can help you. But you ought to help yourself first. Save them the headache.

2. Phrase it positively. Instead of saying, don’t be late. Say, Be early! It is always better to be too early than being a little late. That way you will be able to use your time on other worthwhile means. You can study for a new lesson or review on recursive materials or study for today’s quizzes, check unread emails, text or call friends you have not been in touch with for so long. You can also read a book you want to finish a bit sooner or meet a new friend, watch a movie or write an article. There are pretty much a lot of things you can use your time with when you are awake. Live your life! You can get so much sleep when your six feet below the ground.

3. Consider the traffic. If you live far away from your school, workplace or perhaps, civilization, you must bear in mind the possibilities. Accidents, religious events, band practices, funeral walks, parades. You can add to that, a public ride driver who seem to stop every time he sees a human being on the sidewalk even if that person is obviously just waiting for his chance to cross the street, not for a ride. You can add to that a full elevator that seem to stop at every floor of the building or the staircase crammed with people who bump like ants because they don’t know or apply the “Keep Right” rule.

4. Prepare your things ahead of time. Think AHEAD. Women are known to be creatures of process. We try and try and until we succeed getting the look that may be satisfactory for the day. Dates, meetings with friends, movies with colleagues, shopping with workmates, school or even work. It would save you ample energy and time when you’ve already mixed and match your clothes, iron and prepare them days or even before you retire to bed. Take pictures of clothes that you think will go along, clean your shoes and get the laces on those holes for sanity’s sake, have your purse ready with the things you will need, especially if you have to switch bags.

5. Give yourself enough time to prepare. If the usual 1 hour doesn’t work, make it 2. If you need for time to sleep, then you have to control your pace. Everything is a matter of time management. If you dilly-dally and admire yourself so much in the mirror like a Sim learning a charismatic skill, girl, you are in a lot of trouble. Do that when you have ample time! If you need to, remove that mirror on the bathroom. If you are unable to prepare your things ahead of time, well, you have taken for granted tip number 4. Making you unprepared which requires you to increase your preparation time.

6. No considerations. No excuses. When the time you set to prepare is up, even if your hair is uncombed, or your shoelace untied, or your buttons not done, okay that’s way too far, you have to keep your ass moving. If you have a feeling you’d really be late, you have the option to take the cab if you don’t own a car but even those things will not prevent you from being late. If you don’t discipline yourself enough, you will repeatedly be frustrated. Save yourself the wrinkles.

Attendance is MUST and it’s important to adhere to schedule. It’s shows how much you value the importance of those that you enjoy and have- a good paying job or a loyal friend you plan to meet. If you’d be late, you will miss the opportunity to walk and appreciate the journey. You will not get the chance to small talk and exchange how are you’s with friends you might meet along your way. You might miss an important discussion, get salary deduction or prolong a promotion, worse, you might not even get one.

How much do you value those things that you currently have? How worthy are you of getting career advancements? How else can you help yourself manage your time? How do you feel if people don’t respect your time? It would matter on how long are you late, a minute is considerable than an hour. But it matters most, on why and if it can be prevented or if its in repeated irresponsible instance.

Knowing is easy. In doing, don’t be lazy.

-The Soliloquist

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