and often feels anxious about being late to things, lateness boggles my mind. Or I should say it used to. It wasn’t til I started getting into organising for a living and then more specifically, time management, that I began to see lateness as more than just simply a rude, bad habit.
I recently spoke on ABC National Radio about the topic so thought I’d write it up as it’s such an important aspect of living our lives efficiently.
Lateness is usually treated as a bad habit and something that those of us who are gifted with the ability of generally (#onlyhuman) running on time, take for granted. But lateness can be a symptom of something else. Lack of technical skills, psychological obstacles, or a brain-based condition.
A way to determine what may be going on for you, or someone who is always running late in your life, is to check for patterns. Are you always late by different amounts of time or always late by the same amount of time?
What does the answer to this reveal? If someone is late by different amounts of time it could be due to a lack of technical skills (or a brain-based condition). And if someone is ALWAYS fifteen minutes late, for example, it’s most probably psychological. Because they are showing up exactly at the time that they want to. Mind blowing hey?
Oftentimes someone may be anxious of being alone while they wait for someone else to arrive. They may spiral into worrying about being forgotten. Or maybe there are issues around not being able to relax, a fear of wasting time and needing to use every moment possible.
What can someone do to help them run more on time? There are a number of things that people can do to improve their time skills and repetition is key to embedding these new skills.
Sometimes all it takes is a coach *ahem* to guide you through such learning in order for your whole life to change.
It’s why I’m so passionate about coaching – to witness those moments of transformation in my client’s life, is truly an honour. To be a part of someone’s growth and help set them up for big success is just so cool!
So if you’re ready to start doing things a little differently, clearing the mental clutter and getting your productive self in prime position to achieve all that you wish to achieve – let me know, I’m here to help.