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How to Train Yourself to Be on Time

In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, "time is money." Spend it wisely.


  • Step 1: Prioritize and record Schedule only commitments that are important and learn to say no to others. Use one main online calendar or day planner.
  • TIP: Schedule events after rush hour and other off-peak times so traffic doesn’t make you late.
  • Step 2: Set reminders Set email or text reminders at set intervals on your online calendar. Give yourself a reminder one hour before and 15 minutes before an event.
  • Step 3: Plan to be early If you have a two o'clock appointment, enter it in your schedule at 1:50.
  • TIP: Have extra work on hand to keep busy if you're early.
  • Step 4: Add more time Add 25 percent to the time you think you'll need to get where you’re going or to finish a job.
  • Step 5: Plan ahead Lay out your clothes, lunch, keys, and anything else you’ll need for the day the night before. If you wake up late, you’ll probably still be on time.
  • Step 6: Keep gas in your tank and money in your wallet Keep your gas tank above one-quarter full at all times. Always have at least $20 on hand so unplanned expenses don’t hold you up.
  • Step 7: Wear a watch Wear a watch or bring your phone everywhere you go so you’ll always know the time.
  • FACT: Did you know? There are 17 million meetings in America on an average day.

You Will Need

  • An online calendar or day planner
  • A watch

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