How To Not Be Late For People Who Always Are

Be Organized and Plan

First things first: you need to be organized with your schedule and plan! I highly suggest that you plan your week every Sunday evening. If you are determined to be on time, you must first know what is on your schedule and at what times. Give yourself time in between meetings to unwind and get refocused for the next meeting. It will be important for you to pace yourself throughout your day so that you don’t get overwhelmed and burnt out.



What to Do When Excuses Dont Work

Even though you think it might be acceptable to be late once in a while, your boss might not agree. At some point you may run out of reasonable excuses to use.

The majority of employers (60%) say they expect employees to be on time every day, and 43% have fired someone for being late, up from 41% the previous year.

If you’re late on a regular basis, figure out how you can change your morning routine so you can make it to work on time. It could be as simple as showering at night instead of in the morning, getting up 15 minutes earlier, taking a train that’s a few minutes earlier than you usually do, or packing your lunch the evening before.

The customer is always right

Ranato approached me. ‘It was great, just as I hoped. But you ended so early!’ Early? I was really confused. ‘I thought I was supposed to take 60 minutes, and I took 65’ I ventured. ‘You could have certainly gone longer! They were loving it!’ Ranato insisted.

Later that evening, Ranato and I had an enlightening discussion about our mutual incomprehension. ‘I didn’t want to use any extra moment of your group’s time without getting explicit permission’ I explained. ‘You gave me 60 minutes. To me, it would be disrespectful to the group if I took more time than prescheduled without getting your permission’. ‘But I don’t get it’ Ranato responded. ‘In this situation, we are the customer. We are paying you to be here with us. If you see that we have more questions and would like to continue the discussion, isn’t it simply good customer service to extend the presentation in order to answer our questions and meet our needs?’

I was confused. ‘But if you have not explicitly told me that I can take another 15 minutes, how do I know that is what you want?’ Ranato looked at me curiously, as it started to dawn on him how much of a foreigner I was. ‘They were so obviously interested and engaged. Couldn’t you tell?’

I was beginning to realise how enormous the impact of differing attitudes toward time can be. The assumptions Ranato and I made about scheduling caused us to have contrasting definitions of ‘good customer service’. The story underscores the importance of understanding how the people you work with think about time, and adjusting your expectations accordingly.

Set an Alarm

Whether it be your phone or a watch, set an alarm for when you need to leave and get to the location. Give yourself time to get ready and drive to where you need to be. Keep in mind to always arrive at the location at least 10 minutes early. You can even have an alarm on your calendar and be notified via phone and/or email. Be creative and do what works for you.



  • Recognize that tardiness, especially consistent tardiness, is a trait that illustrates your lack of respect for others. It also suggests that you think that you are more important than those who are waiting for you. Ultimately this arrogant nature will eventually create feelings of animosity from the people who you consistently keep waiting.

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  • On the flip side, your tardiness may be illustrating lack of self-esteem. Perhaps you think that your presence doesn’t really matter. If that were true, why were you included in the planning/invitations? They want you there, so don’t disappoint them.

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Putting the alarm away

Put the alarm clock away from your reach so that y
Put the alarm clock away from your reach so that you have to get up for it each morning.

No, no, I am not asking you to stow the alarm clock in some abandoned corner. The point I am trying to make is that keep your alarm clock away from the reach of your bed. Set the alarm and put it somewhere across the room so that you have to get up to reach it.

I understand that it is hardest to say goodbye to warm and cosy bed in the morning, but you need to do it. Once you get out of bed, 75% of your battle will be won and you can expect to be on time for your first job.

Don’t Use These Strange Excuses

There were also some strange excuses in the latest survey. Even though they are creative, these excuses probably won’t work with your boss or manager.

  • It’s too cold to work.
  • I had morning sickness. (This was from a male employee.)
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • I forgot I did not work at my former employer’s location and drove there by accident. (Note: the employee had worked for their current employer for five years.)

Take the time to travel into consideration

You cannot escape the early hours rush, so why not
You cannot escape the early hours rush, so why not take into calculation.

Don’t leave home expecting the traffic to be ideal. It is rarely ever so and if you expect anything otherwise, you will be thoroughly disappointed. Take the time travelling to and fro from the office into account and take the maximum time you might take. Say the traffic is bad or if your vehicle breaks down, the time that you might have to take to fix or move around these issues should also be taken into consideration.

Now that you know how to not be late for your first job, take care to apply it and not just sit on it. And if you are already tired of your first job then you can look for more and better jobs at our AMCAT jobs portal. You will find a range of jobs swinging from fresher jobs to jobs in Delhi to jobs in Bangalore. Don’t miss it.


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