The saying goes “fashionably late” right? Yeaaaa, when running a online and in person business, somehow still managing parenting as a single mom, it can be very easy to get lost in time attending to other matters. Whether you know realize it or not, you’re still paying for it.
Back story: I have a friend who is ALWAYS late. I mean she will delay getting ready or leaving in order to curate the perfect caption for a instagram post. We’ve been late to gatherings, meetings, and different events around the city because she likes to take her time and arrive prepared. I don’t say anything, typically just sit back and observe, but can I be real with you all? IT IRKS MY LAST NERVE!! I was raised: if you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time you’re late and if you’re late, you might as well quit, and although somewhat extreme, being early has its perks when it comes to running a successful business (or moving up in the corporate field). You see, I learned early on that being late has a cost, and although you may not see or be able to calculate every incremental lost, eventually they will add up. I like to think of procrastination and the actions that follow as the butterfly effect; the seemingly unrelated action of a butterfly flapping its wings in another part of the world has an effect on you. To some people, the idea may sound far fetched, however before reading the next part; open your mind and calculate how much time you’ve lost by being late or procrastinating.
1) Financially - The financial cost of being late is very impactful and sometimes can seem incremental. Take for instance being 1-5 mins late for work. Five minutes late to work will reduce your monthly salary (5 min x 5 days a week = 25 minutes x 4 weeks a month = 100 minutes or 1 hour and 40 minutes. If you charge by the hour can you afford to GIVE AWAY one whole hour + 40 additional minutes?
2) Safety - When most people are late, they typically are in a hurry or a rush and don’t take all the driving precautions they would normally take, therefore resulting in high car accidents or speeding tickets. With a constant rush and disregard of safety, the wear and tear on your car also results in faster and more constant oil changes, more maintenance, and more gas being burnt and utilized.
3) Professionally (workplace) - When CEO’s say they arrived early and left late; they truly mean it. When you show a disregard for your work ethic by arriving late to events, the office, meetings, it shows your lack of ambition and employers are less likely to promote you.
4) Professionally (entrepreneur) - Being on time when working for yourself can literally mean the rent next month or scraping up every penny to make ends meet. It shows character, patience, ability to adhere to schedules, conscientious of the clients time, able to hold yourself accountable, resulting in a higher quality of work
5) Future goals - When you procrastinate or arrive late, you offset your future goals by not accomplishing your tasks on time. You are seemingly always playing catch up, burning yourself out too fast by always having a never ending to do list.
Don’t beat yourself up if this sounds like I just called you out directly! The good thing is, you recognize you have some of these habits and can change them around! Start with little changes like setting all the clocks ahead 10 min fast! Although logically you know you’ve done this, subconsciously you will behave as if you are late and be able to arrive early or on time. If you already have tried the clock method for 30 days and need something new, then take 5 minutes out of your sunday and upload your schedule to your google cal and turn on traffic alerts. This method will monitor traffic for you and tell you when you need to leave by in order to still make it on time!
I hope these tips help! If you have more, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!