Whip your punctuality into shape
Global - Do you always find that you're always running late for work or
the last one to arrive at a meeting? Ever wondered how your colleagues
always seem to be prompt for all their meetings - something which just
seems to elude you?
Here are a few tips which may just help you become more organised:
- Give yourself an incentive, or disincentive
Whenever you arrive early to the office, reward yourself with an small
incentive, such as a bigger cup of coffee. Or alternatively, one of the
best ways to start off the day is spending some time organising your
desk and planning out your work for the rest of the day. That way,
instead of starting the work all frantic, you would be able to be fully
prepared for a full day of work.
On the flip side, you could also set yourself small penalties for your
tardiness. Make a deal with a friend or colleague that for every time
you are late, you would have to pay a dollar or two to a charity of your
- Tools at your fingertips
If you have trouble remembering dates and schedules, use tools and
resources that can help plan your day for you. If you do not like the
idea of carrying around a physical planner with you, one good resource
is Google Calendar. As the information is stored online, it can be
easily accessed online and synced with most smart-phones as well.
- Remember what your punctuality says about you
Always keep in mind that most people can usually allow for one or two
slip-ups in meetings. However, this may be perceived as a character flaw
or sloppiness when a person is habitually late.