I hate being late.
I often wonder whether “lateness” is genetic or a chronic disorder?
I am joking but I do find a habit of lateness annoying and if there were one easy way to help us it would be eliminating this quality. Yes, there are genuine reasons to be late when unforeseen circumstances rare their ugly heads and disrupt our days. I’m talking frequent lateness that is more about the ability to organise or a disinterest bordering on the insult.
It is so easy to become accustomed to a pattern of lateness.
When I am late it is because I have squeezed one too many activities into my day. I know that the diary is looking squished and I do it anyway.
It is so, so easy to add to the diary with the best of intentions. Popping another “job” in will free up so much more time later; I think you understand my logic. An over-scheduled day implodes pretty quickly and the side effect is not only lateness but also elevated stress levels.
Does being late make you feel stressed?
It does me and running the risk of being late and over-scheduling is not worth extra stress. If stress needs to be part of the day, it better be worthwhile.
Constant lateness, the lateness that is given, is the type that makes me crazy.
There are people we know will always be late. It doesn’t matter where or when, they run late. It is the kind of late to set watches by.
There is no excuse for regular lateness because our time is valuable; theirs has no more significance than ours. Time is time.
I know it is so much easier to excuse their tardiness than fight it.
I have a few ideas how to eradicate the “late” from life, xv.
I’m Late, I’m Late, I’m Late
* Start the day on time.
- Sleeping in later and racing from the minute the feet hit the floor won’t help time management skills. Good sleeping is the cure for this.
*Be realistic in the length of time a task takes.
- There is no point under-estimating as that only leads to trouble.
*Don’t schedule appointments you are half hearted about.
- Yes, should only ever mean yes because you want to, not because you feel obliged. Commitments are either worth doing or they aren’t.
* Don’t be afraid to cancel, with notice.
- It is better to cancel a meeting than arrive flustered and behind time.
*Be prepared ahead of time.
- There is nothing wrong with a little free time in the diary. Procrastinating won’t make any task easier, especially the tough ones.
- p.s on the homepage you will see a new section called EYESPY
- it’s sitting after the first post
- each week we will be uploading our latest selection of videos in fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle
- hope you like it… xv
- images annie liebovitz for vogue 2003