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One Way to Put a Stop to Your Perpetual Lateness

How many times have you resolved to become someone who's known for her punctuality, instead of her perpetual lateness? If those mini Monday or monthly resolutions haven't resulted in a new, prompt you, then maybe you need to motivate yourself differently.

Money magazine writer Tyler Cowen suggests that penalties might be more effective than rewards if lateness is one of your little flaws. Cowen thinks it's best to invite someone in on your penalty plan to keep your on-time makeover in check, like telling your friend/partner/spouse that you'll do dishes for the next month if you fall off track.

Would you benefit from the penalty system?

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sandrakay22 sandrakay22 6 years
Not everyone is as perfect as you guys. Timeliness is definately one of my weaknesses. I always think I can do more in the amount of time I have. I really do think that penalties work better for some, I say this because the reason I am always late (about 5 minutes) for work is because nobody seems to care. I may try this by asking my boyfriend to hold me accountable, since he hates being late!
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
people who are habitually late sometimes get a kind of high by cutting things close time wise. what's another 15 minutes to someone elses day? and when someone cancels on them, they are furious! i could actually relax a little on the time thing. i'm the only one i know who is NEVER late and usually 15 minutes early.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
people who are habitually late sometimes get a kind of high by cutting things close time wise. what's another 15 minutes to someone elses day? and when someone cancels on them, they are furious!i could actually relax a little on the time thing. i'm the only one i know who is NEVER late and usually 15 minutes early.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i would definitely benefit if it meant that people would have to pay me if they were late. my asst and my boss have a time schedule of their own it seems and it's never the same as everyone else.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm never late, so I suppose I wouldn't need this system. My mother, on the other hand, definitely needs a good swift kick in the pants in this area. She comes in late to work 4 days out of 5 and is chronically late for any social event she's invited to. I'm with skigurl....I don't get it; just leave earlier!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm a punctual person, even for social events. It's about time-management and discipline.Incidentally, it's hard for me to be friends with those are routinely tardy. That's just being flakey, and I don't make room in my life for flakey people.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm a punctual person, even for social events. It's about time-management and discipline. Incidentally, it's hard for me to be friends with those are routinely tardy. That's just being flakey, and I don't make room in my life for flakey people.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i do not understand late people USE YOUR TIME WISELY, WAKE UP EARLIER, LEAVE EARLIER, CHECK YOUR WATCH, DON'T PLAN EVENTS BACK TO BACK like it's not rocket science jeez
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i do not understand late peopleUSE YOUR TIME WISELY, WAKE UP EARLIER, LEAVE EARLIER, CHECK YOUR WATCH, DON'T PLAN EVENTS BACK TO BACKlike it's not rocket sciencejeez
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