How to Never Be Late Again

alarmclock-512Okay. That's a big promise. And while many motivational speakers (myself included) are given to hyperbole, I really believe if we do this one little thing, we can actually be on time, all the time. And if not ALL the time, at the very least a whole lot more than we are right now.  

To begin with, here's what we usually do wrong (or at least I certainly do.) We calculate the amount of time we need to get ready, travel and arrive somewhere on time, based on, and here it comes, EVERYTHING GOING RIGHT.  I don't know if you've noticed but – it seldom does. Any of this look familiar?

  • You forgot – the dog needs a quick walk
  • Your hairdryer overheats and stops working
  • You cannot find the damned car keys
  • The phone rings as you are heading out the door and you just KNOW it's that call you've been waiting for
  • You splatter toothpaste on your shirt that you were planning to wear
  • Every flipiping red light in town catches you
  • You get behind the slowest idiot in the world
  • You cannot find a parking place
  • And on and on and on…

So here's the moral of the story. Add 10 – 20% more time to your estimate of how long you think it will take for you to get ready and get somewhere. AND (and this is the really, really important part) do NOT tell yourself something like, "Oh! I've added more time to my estimate so I have time to water the plants (fold the clothes, tweeze my eyebrows, wallpaper the bathroom) before I go."  

And one huge benefit here. You will arrive at your destination calm and relaxed with a happy smile on your face. Now THAT'S worth the investment of a few extra minutes, don't you think?


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Thank you for such a wonderful tip, Linda. I have a horrible habit of trying to do a million things at once. I've started training myself to focus on one task. VERY hard – amazing how even when I try I still jump on Facebook without thinking. Gggggrrrrrr.  But you are right – if I plan on something going wrong, I will always be on time.

  2. Excellent advice that I've been incorporating into my life the past few months since Blue Eyes can't stand when I'm not ready to go on time! We just went to the airport together a few days ago and I shocked him by being ready 5 minutes early!! Made for a stress-free beginning of a trip together.

  3. You are so right on this…we often calculate estimates based on everything going right.  Which, by the way, seldom happens!  I like being early – and stress free.  Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I always used to be on time.  Then I had kids and I struggled to get out the door (note: my second cookbook is entitled "Cookin' Healthy With One Foot Out the Door" and it features my tiny children on the cover).  Now I'm back to always being a few minutes early because of advice like yours.  One of the HUGE stress reducers!!  

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