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5 Tips For Being on Time

Being late happens from time to time, but if it's your norm, it can make other people feel that their time isn't respected or valued. Since perpetual lateness can be irritating for those waiting for you, I've come up with five tips on how to be more punctual.

To check them out,


  • Set your clocks and watch 10 to 15 minutes ahead, but don't rely on those extra minutes; that defeats the purpose!
  • Ask your friends and family to fib when telling you what time to be somewhere.
  • Start your day a little earlier so you can get everything accomplished and feel less rushed.
  • Be organized. If you typically waste time looking for your keys and your cell phone, designate a place for them every time you walk into your house.
  • Don't multitask while trying to get somewhere — being distracted is sure to make you drag your feet.

For all of you on-timers, how do you make sure you're prompt?


divinelight divinelight 8 years
I can't wake up early at all! It was really bad a month ago. I started setting 3 different alarms and still couldn't wake up. I'm always late for work.
alexask alexask 8 years
i used to be the most punctual person, and i realized the past year i've totally changed. i think it's partly because so many of my friends are so flaky with time, i stopped caring, but about any situation. so i started pushing clocks forward all over the place. it felt chaotic at first, but it's been getting better. organizing the night before is also a totally good idea. so is putting keys in a definite place EVERY time you come home heehee.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I always give myself two hours to get ready and leave the house then take travelling time into account. This doesn't always work however, as I might have a half hour lie in and rush about trying to find my other shoe or wondering where my keys are.
suyenyen suyenyen 8 years
To avoid being late, think of the total time you need to get ready and get there and double that. It's always worked for me.
Rita-at-Goldivas Rita-at-Goldivas 8 years
I have struggled with this issue my whole life. We lived across the alley from Kindergarten and sometimes I was late! Usually it's from getting distracted. I'm very familiar with the morning chore syndrome. I notice that I consistently underestimate how much time it will take - getting ready, driving time, etc. Setting clocks ahead only works for a short time, and having friends & family lie about starting time doesn't help at work! I guess it just comes down to being more careful with planning, and being very strict about staying FOCUSED.
mzjudith mzjudith 8 years
I hate it when my friends and I set a time to leave to go somewhere and we end up leaving an hour later. So what I usually do is tell them we're leaving say at 8:30 pm but in actuallity we're leaving at 9:30 pm. It mostly works but sometimes it doesn't.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
My parents are always late to EVERYTHING. Since it has irritated me for the longest time, I am the complete opposite. I'm typically early for just about everything. There are a few parties, it's weird to be the very first person at a party, so I'm typically 5 minutes late for events like that. But appointments, interviews, work, etc., I'm never late.
death-by-chocolat death-by-chocolat 8 years
Setting the clocks ahead works decently for me. The trick is to randomly set your cell phone, car clock, watch, and house clocks to different variations of "ahead"- all of which must be at least 7 minutes fast. That way, your logic doesn't take over and you don't automatically discount the clock ("oh right, its 10 minutes off, I still have time!") because you NEVER KNOW which clock is correct.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I think it's funny that I know they're lying to me about what time to be there, but I still manage to be there within that 15 minute window :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
If it's something important, work related or an appointment...I have no issues being late. Meeting friends is another matter. Which is why my friends tell me to be somewhere 15 minutes before they actually want me to be there.
fancifulfabi fancifulfabi 8 years
I do the set the clock back 15 minutes thing! It's enough to make me panic for a second when I think I'm late, but when I realize I have the extra 15 minutes I start really organizing the rest of my time and hurrying up.
refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
I agree with all that has been said here. I can be extremely punctual if I know I need to be- an important meeting, interview, etc. However most of the time I'm just not that strict with myself. I usually arrive right on the dot. I also fall to the "morning-person" syndrome. Cleaning up dishes, make the bed, clean the room, ... only 20 minutes to get ready!? Crap!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Gahh same here. BECAUSE I start getting ready so early I always think I've got enough time to do this and that and before I know it I'm running late. I've set time ahead and asked people to fib for me before but it never worked 'cause I knew anyway. :P
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I am usually at least 15 minutes late for everything. I'm a morning person but that means that I end up doing chores and stuff like that when I should really be getting ready for something else. I'll never learn... :(
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I always overestimate and leave a generous cushion, so I tend not to be late. Anyone I've ever known to set clocks/watches ahead has never been on time. I have one friend who is always late to everything, so we all started telling him meeting times were 30 minutes earlier than actual. He ended up catching on though, which resulted in him being an hour late when anyone told him the actual time, because he just assumed it was for half an hour later!
nancita nancita 8 years
I love the tip about asking family members and friends to fib. I totally do that with my late friends.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I am always on time, and I don't follow any of these tips - I just am inherently punctual. If I'm late for something, there's a definite reason: car trouble, unexpected traffic, etc.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
I need to email this to my boy ASAP
meechie meechie 8 years
If you know it takes 2 hrs to get ready and 1 hr to travel give yourself 4 hrs instead of 2.5. DUH
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
I always overestimate driving time, so I tend to be too early!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i'm never late so i don't really have any suggestions
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Uh, leave early? It doesn't seem that challenging to me. 99% of the few times I'm late for anything, it's only because I didn't care enough to be there on time. It's not like it's such a difficult thing if you really want to be punctual.
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