Don’t Sabotage Success With Chronic Lateness

Are you always running late? Maybe you’re legitimately busy, but chronic lateness may spring from other factors. The danger is that being late all the time will give you a reputation for being undependable or careless. Take better control of your time by considering these psychological causes behind being constantly behind schedule:
  • Adrenalin. For some people, rushing to every meeting and event provides excitement. If you’re enjoying the chase too much, look for other activities to get your thrills. Skydiving, anyone?
  • Control. Making other people wait for you—instead of the other way around—is one way to keep the reins tight. People like customers and your boss don’t like being kept waiting, though. Remind yourself that other people’s time is important, too.
  • Validation. Being busy can be one measure of success—“Look at all the important tasks I’ve got to do!” But if you overextend yourself, you’ll burn out. Teach yourself to track other metrics that don’t overwhelm your day.
  • Anger. Sometimes we “punish” people by forcing them to waste time waiting for us. This rarely solves any problems and may exacerbate them. If you’ve got an issue, talk it out openly. You’ll both save a lot of time.