Do you know someone who is habitually late? Chronic lateness is a problem that plagues about 20% of the population according to a new study.

I happen to be one of those people who have a difficult time being punctual. It's tough, but I'm working on it.

Let's face it; we've all been late occasionally. Everyone has one of those days when you seem to hit every red light on 41st, you get behind some dude with a 43 on his license plate that doing 15 in a 40, or how about those mornings you can't seem to locate your car keys, it's going to happen from time to time.

There are ways you can train yourself to get things done early, which will go a long way in preventing you'll never be late again. For instance:

  • Be realistic about how long it will actually take you to get where you need to go. People who have a problem with chronic lateness are generally poor judges of time. Experts recommend you track yourself, so you'll know exactly how long it takes. Then allow yourself an enough time to get where you need to be.
  • Always give yourself a buffer. Plan to be at meetings at least 10-15 minutes early. And allow yourself even more time if you're not familiar with the traffic patterns or parking situation where you're going.
  • Add structure and routine to your life. Late people typically don't have a routine, they just wing it. By adding a degree of structure and routine to your life, you're more likely to be on time most of the time. (Again things will happen that you can't possibly foresee.
  • Finally, get comfortable with downtime. There are people who crave the adrenaline rush that comes along with doing everything at the last minute. Punctual people are generally relaxed and cool individuals. They use their extra time to catch-up, get ahead and just chill out.

So to all my punctually challenged pals out there, hopefully these time-saving tips will help.

Source: Fast Company