Know someone that is always LATE? Reasons and ways to help…

There are several psychological and perhaps even physiological components that can contribute to being perpetually late.  One expert states that “Lateness is really a commonly misunderstood problem.  Telling a chronic late person to be on time is like telling a dieter, ‘Don’t eat so much.'”

Types of late-people…

“The producer”  “Those are people who consistently over-schedule their days,” she says. “[The producer] thinks she can go for a run, clean the house, put in a load of laundry, pick up the dry cleaning, take a shower and get the kids dropped off at school in an hour.”


“The absent minded professors,” which are easily distracted people. They have a hard time getting from point A to point B without getting distracted by c, d and e.”


The “rebel,” or a person who actually enjoys being late, because they like the idea of knowing other people are waiting for them. ”


A few simple tips can help:

  1. Reevaluate how long your routinesreally  Late people tend to remember the one time they got ready in 20 minutes or the one time they got to work in seven, instead of realizing that most days it takes them 40 minutes or 15.


  1. Change your thoughts, not just your behavior.Reframing the way you think about punctuality can be an effective cognitive trick. Instead of stressing about it, sit down with a pen and paper (when you’re not in a rush) and jot down all the positives that come with being on time.


  1. Get down with downtime. One option for coping is to plan out an activity you can do when spare minutes creep up, whether it’s catching up on work emails on your iPad or calling a parent you haven’t had a chance to catch up with. But another option is to reframe downtime as something to enjoy between all the rushing — luxury time instead of wasted time. “A big part of the enjoyment of life is just sitting back and talking to the person next to you or looking at the sky or smelling roses,” DeLonzor says.


  1. Budget your time differently.Timely people will give themselves round numbers to get somewhere — 30 minutes, for instance. The chronically late, on the other hand, often budget exact times, like 23 minutes, to get somewhere.  “You should not consider yourself on time unless you’re 15 minutes early.”


  1. Reschedule your day.“Habits tend to be reflexive patterns of behavior and what we need to do is change that pattern .  Start writing appointments down 30 minutes before they actually happen, which will help you start planning before the last second. And reevaluate your to-do list — chances are, you’re simply not going to get everything done.
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