My friend is always late
My Friend is always late
We can’t change others but we can change ourselves. Sometimes we have to focus on what we are doing and how we treat others in order to be a good friend which in turn will attract great friends (law of attraction friends). Do you know how annoying it is to have a friend that is always late?
I put my hands up, I have been guilty of this. My time keeping is ropey. I always try to cram too much in and end up late. When I am late it makes me feel horrible, really awkward and uncomfortable and I feel like it gets the meetup off on the wrong foot. I have now made the adjustment from the 'my friend is always late' friend to the 'on-time' friend. Now is your time to take responsibility and make up for the negative impact you may have created (how to apologise to my best friend).
Here is my foolproof plan of how I made the change from late friend to on time friend - every time!
- Check your journey on google maps
In 2017 we have the wonderful technology of not only checking our journey time, but checking our journey time with live traffic updates too. I always check my journey to have a rough estimate of how long it will take me and then give it a couple more checks as time builds up to when I need to leave. You can then change your departure time accordingly.
- Plan your time working backwards
Now that you know what time you are going to leave, you can arrange your time productively in the build up to departure. Write a to-do list, arrange the order and arrange timings. For example I leave getting ready until last because I like to feel fresh as I’m walking out of the door. Then go in to a bit more detail of what getting ready needs to include. Do you need to wash your hair, iron your dress or paint your nails? It’s amazing how these small tasks amount to a lot of time so list them out and you can tick them off as you do them.
- Pre-plan everything that you can
Write a list of the little things that could add up for example; make sure you have petrol in your car, an outfit washed and ready and your chores done. These little things you are likely to forget until the moment you need them and again all add up.
- Make others around you aware
Ensure your partner, parents, children aren’t going to ask you do something for them last minute. Put your meet-up on the calendar, make everyone aware and don’t accept any extra tasks. Make sure you pre-plan things like bathroom time and dishes.
- Phone on flight mode and music on
Get some of your favourite tunes on to not only excite you for going out but to motivate you as you get ready. No one needs to be scrolling through instagram when they’re meant to be straightening their hair. BUT if you like to take a good selfie before you leave factor that into your timings.
If you have enjoyed these tips I have also made a free, easy to use and quick planner for you to print and use to make these simple steps a habit.
Download: The ‘don’t be the friend that is always late’ getting ready planner