Are you always showing up 5 to 10 minutes late to things despite your best intentions? Or maybe you’re just underestimating how long tasks will take…experts call this behavior/tendency “planning fallacy”.
Here are some simple changes you can implement immediately, according with clinical social worker Lisa Bernstein:
- Don’t double book, you can be in two places at the same time.
- If you have a morning meeting, have clothes ready the night before and use an alarm without a snooze function.
- Use a calendar to block out meeting times, with travel and transition time(s).
- Set a warning alarm on phone for when you need to get ready to leave and another alarm for when you need to get out the door.
- Try to get to a meeting early and reward yourself with coffee or time to relax.
Since I’m a “planning fallacy” person myself I’ll apply these simple step changes on a regular basis from now on, hope it makes wonders…and never be late again.
If you do it also, please give some feedback here, I’m looking forward to see the outcome.