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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Elegance in Punctuality

Being on time can be a chore sometimes. I hate being late to anything but sometimes it happens. But I can assure you that if I am late it was not on purpose.

I am continuing my reading in Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. This week I read a bit on Punctuality. Jennifer gives five tips for poised punctuality. I must say that the only tip I need to work on is number 3.

Read the tips below and enjoy!

1. Set a reminder for your appointment.

Many times people are late because they forgot they had to be somewhere in the first place! Most smartphones have a calendar with an alarm option. You can set it to remind you to be on time one hour or even one day before your event. It's helpful to write all pertinent information in your reminder, such as the address and notes on where to park. This way you have all the information you need in one space.

I actually have this planner!

2. Get everything ready beforehand.

If you have an early morning appointment, get everything in order the night before. Choose your clothes and lay them out. Pack that lunch and keep it in the fridge. Put your briefcase by the front door. Scout out the location and all potential routes.

3. Leave room for the unexpected.

If you are traveling to a new location, the GPS might say it only takes you 20 minutes to get there, but that could be without traffic. Double the time you think it will take you to get there, in case you encounter a jam. If you think your children will be tough to rally, ask them to get ready 10 minutes before you normally would, to account for any lagging.

4. Know the particulars.

If you are driving, find out where you need to park. If you are taking public transit, calculate the routes beforehand. Then, if you happen to be running behind due to traffic or a late bus, you can eliminate further confusion upon arrival.

5. Be prepared to be early.

If you arrive early, come prepared with a book or something to keep you occupied while you wait. Remember, being early is not a waste of time. It is simply ensuring that you don't arrive flustered and unprepared.

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