So you went clubbing until 4am, and in your tipsiness used the Calculator app to set an alarm instead of the Clock app.
Now you're trying to brush your teeth while putting on your jeans, and hailing a Grabtaxi at the same time.
Oh, how it sucks to be running late.
Most people know the importance of being on time. Most people also know that being consistently late is rude. However, there are times when you just can't help it. Something happens to slow you down, and there're no way you can make it to class, a date, an appointment, a meeting, or any other engagement by the stated time.
10 things you should do if you know you're going to be late:
- Call or text as soon as you know you can't make it on time. Nothing irks me more than having to wait for someone running late, and there was no apology or advanced notice whatsoever. It makes me feel unimportant and disrespected.
- Stay calm and don't freak out. Take a deep breath and mentally calculate how long it will take to get to your appointment.
- Do everything in your power to get to your destination as soon as possible. If you overslept, put on less makeup or don't dawdle by hmm-ing and haw-ing over the perfect outfit to wear.
- Don't be flustered and risk injury in your haste. The last thing you want happening is to trip and fall, or get yourself injured in your hurry.
- If you're going to be more than 30 minutes late, offer to reschedule to another time or date of the other person's convenience.
- If the person is willing to wait, offer an apology once you arrive, and be sure to offer to buy that person a drink or a meal to show that you are apologetic about keeping him/her waiting.
- Explain why you're late, but resist the urge to blame someone else. If you keep doing this, it makes you appear incapable of taking charge of your life.
- Don't let your tardiness ruin the remainder of your day. Move forward but make every effort possible to be on time for everything else that you have on your calendar that day.
- If others make sarcastic remarks about your lateness, avoid the urge to argue or justify yourself. You won't win, and it's a huge waste of time.
- Do whatever you have to do to be on time in the future. Even if it means setting six alarm clocks, or getting your family members to physically drag you out of bed.
How to prevent being late in the future:
If you know you're the type to be habitually late, here are some things you can do to prevent it.
Plan ahead. This includes laying out your clothes the night before and calculating the time it will take to get where you're going.
This includes knowing where you're going. If you've never been to the location before, Google map it, and if it's something super important like a job interview, take a trip to the place a few days before to familiarize yourself with it. It's frustrating trying to find a place when you're pressed for time, and worst still when you show up all sweaty and flustered.
Don't procrastinate. You might be Instagram-ing your breakfast and waiting until the last minute to leave, which can cause you to be late if there's a traffic jam or a train breakdown. Leave at least 15 mins earlier if it's for an important event to make sure you arrive on time and without stress.