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 friend's choice. 

- 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.


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