Last week I was late to yoga class and as I was running down the street I literally ran out of my shoes… I’ll give you a second to picture that… Wait, instead let me paint you a picture: I was wearing some cute brown flats, sprinting down Boylston St. to make it to yoga on time and I was rushing so fast that my feet came right out of my shoes and I went 3 steps in my bare feet before realizing I had lost them.
Not only was this super embarrassing and awkward but it hurt – I twisted my ankle a bit and when my feet hit the pavement it sent shock waves up my legs; so overall, I looked stupid and I felt stupid. All this because I tried to do too much and was running late… again.
As Josh will testify, I am usually late (he’s probably reading this saying, “don’t you mean always?!“). Now, I personally believe that there are different types of “Late People” and I fall into the Over-booked category where I try to take on way too much and inaccurately estimate how long things will take which makes it very hard (almost impossible) to be on time.
Constantly being late is not only frustrating (and obviously bad for my health) but it sends people the wrong message: being late makes it seem like I don’t care about the other person’s time, that the commitment I made isn’t important enough to be on time and that my time is more valuable.
So, for my own sanity and to become more mindful of my time and commitments my weekly goal is to be on time.
“How am I going to do it?” you ask. Simply by planning my time better.
So, starting today I am going to begin…
- Leaving 5 minutes earlier than I normally do for all events
- Trying to accurately gauge how long tasks are really going to take me
- Giving myself more time in between commitments in case they take longer than expected
- Stop rushing when I’m already late – running everywhere is super exhausting!!
- Keeping better track of time. Josh has suggested investing in a watch as I normally lose track of time.
If you’re like me and could use some pointers on time management check back later this week when I talk about some great ways to manage your time better.
You may delay, but time will not.
- Benjamin Franklin