Wondering why you seem to be late every day? These 7 reasons will shed some light on the problems and help you find the solutions you need to improve your punctuality.
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7 Reasons Why You’re Late Every Day

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We’ve all been there – late, frazzled, embarrassed. There are some common reasons why you’re late every day, but there’s good news! The solutions to these problems are easy, actionable, and can be implemented today to help you become the most punctual person you know.

Alright, let me honest with you here…

I fluctuate between being chronically late and being right on time, and it’s kind of rare for me to be super early.

I try really hard to be early or on time, but about half the time I run late.

Growing up, one phrase I heard in the band world all. the. time. was:

Early is on time. On time is late.”

It’s a great quote. It’s one that band directors across Texas say so much I’m sure it shows up in their dreams more often than they’d like to admit.

And for the majority of my musical career, I lived by this quote.

Fast forward to marriage and babies and… well… let’s just say things get a little more interesting when you’re not just trying to get yourself out of the door!

But regardless of how many people you need to get prepped, ready, and out the door in the morning, there are solutions to help you get control of your morning.

It’s all about being intentional about the start of your day, and that intention really begins the night before.

If you’ll take the time to simply implement a few strategic decisions, you may find that it’s a little easier to make it out of the door on time.

Take a look below and see if you can target the areas that you struggle with the most. Choose one or two and start working on its’ solution.

Grab your Habit Tracker HERE to help you keep track of how well you’re doing and really start building the habits that are going to increase your punctuality.

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Reasons Why You’re Late Every Day (And How to Help You Fix It)

There are a million reasons we all end up late at some time or another, but these are the most common and universal reasons.

The Problem: No Prepping

You jump out of bed (or crawl, whatever), scramble to find clean clothes, start the coffee maker, stare at your bare pantry for 10 minutes willing a breakfast item to appear, forget your coffee, and run out the door already late and forgetting the proposal you’re supposed to present today laid out all over your dining table.

Oh, but let’s make things interesting – You also need to drop the kids off at grandma’s, they don’t have clean clothes, you’re out of diapers for the little one, and now everyone is in tears.

When you’re trying to get everything ready each morning it’s easy to get overwhelmed and run late.

The Solution

Take a few minutes every evening and get ready for the following day.

  • Lay out your outfit
  • Plan your breakfast
  • Set your coffee maker on an automatic brew setting
  • Create a place to keep your keys, wallet, work documents, purse, and anything else that needs to go with you in the morning
  • Keep a short Reminders list next to your keys for things such as your kid’s lunch, project, or any oddball thing that you feel you need to be reminded of

Spend a few more minutes prepping for your kid’s day, too.

  • Lay out their outfit
  • Prepare their lunch and put it in the fridge
  • Plan their breakfast
  • Get their backpack packed and ready to go
  • Restock the diaper bag with diapers, wipes, snacks, and a set of spare clothes

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The Problem: Not Allowing Enough Time

Someone feels sick, the outfit you planned to wear has a stain, or the dog decides to have a potty accident all over your couch.

Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” – Murphy’s Law

We all know how true this is, especially when you throw kids into the mix. It’s rare for things to go exactly according to plan.

The Solution

Always try to plan in at least 15 to 30 minutes of “fudge” time and take into consideration the tasks that need to be done.

  • Consider activities you don’t do daily, such as shaving your legs, and make sure to wake a little earlier to make time for those activities
  • Ensure that you have enough time to prepare and eat breakfast
  • Use any “spare time” to take a breather and relax

Related: How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine

Allow for extra time every morning in order to avoid running late. Find more information on why you're late every day and how to be on time here.

The Problem: Too Many Alarms

Admittedly, I am the world’s worst with this one! I literally set about twenty alarms and turn them all off in the morning.

When you set multiple alarms, your body and mind become trained to ignore them. You know you have a “backup” alarm set, which leads to another “backup,” and another. Before you know it, you’ve slept through all of your alarms and now you’re running so so behind.

The Solution

Try to get in the habit of setting ONE alarm and getting up when it goes off. The more you build up this habit, the easier it will be.

  • Set ONE alarm early enough to give you some spare time the following morning
  • Set your phone or alarm clock out of reach, preferably far enough to make you have to get up out of bed to reach it
  • Turn the volume UP
  • Make the alarm tone something that will definitely wake you

When you're on a time table, it's not the time to try that new lip color or breakfast casserole. Save trying new things for days you don't have to worry about running late.

The Problem: Trying Something New

You found the perfect healthy breakfast on Pinterest and you’ve decided today is the day to try out that new recipe! Next thing you know, you’re running an hour behind because it took far longer to chop those veggies than you intended and you didn’t even have time to enjoy your new meal.

Mornings on a time schedule are not the time to try the new hairdo, the new outfit, or the new breakfast frittata.

New things usually tend to eat up more time than we intend, especially when they don’t work out the way we’d like them to.

The Solution

Use mornings that you don’t have anything planned, or even a different time of the day, to try out those new things.

  • Schedule a “New Recipe” day into your meal planning
  • Try on new outfits the night before
  • Test your new hairstyle on a day you don’t have something important planned
  • Break in your new shoes ahead of time
  • Test your new skincare routine on a small patch of skin

Social media is a major time suck in the mornings. Try avoiding social media first thing in the morning to keep from running late.

The Problem: Checking Social Media and/or Email

Your alarm goes off, you grab your phone, and you promise yourself you’ll just check things out for 5 minutes. 45 minutes later you’ve checked your Facebook, email, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and a million other apps, and you’ve most likely accomplished nothing.

I know when I tell myself I’ll just check Facebook for 5 minutes, it quickly turns into 30, and then all of the sudden I’m rushed and running late.

Social media and email can be a major time suck which can quickly eat up your prep time and cause you to run behind.

The Solution

Try getting yourself ready before ever checking your social media. If you have a few spare minutes before you leave, you can reward yourself with a couple social media minutes.

  • Schedule time in your day to address your email inbox
  • Set a timer when you use social media
  • Consider giving yourself a Digital Detox

Having a routine each day can dramatically increase your punctuality and keep you from running late.

The Problem: No Routine

Your day starts haphazardly and lacks structure. You do things as you feel like it, and tend to find yourself running late often due to avoiding certain tasks that you don’t enjoy. You have no realistic idea how long it takes you to get ready, eat, or even apply your own makeup.

A lack of routine often manifests in a messy and chaotic life, which leaks over into your punctuality.

The Solution

Having a routine can help you anticipate and plan your prep time better, which will give you a more accurate idea of how long it’ll take you to get ready.

  • Figure out what you need to do daily and plan those tasks in an order that leads to efficiency
  • Take a few days to really pay attention to how long it takes you to perform each task
  • Consider creating a Daily Routine, which will increase your productivity and your punctuality
  • Start implementing 8 Daily Habits You Need to Start Your Day Off Right

Staying up late every night? It could be the reason you're late every day.

The Problem: Staying Up Too Late

I get it. Really, I do.

You’ve been going going going allllll day, and you just need a few minutes to veg and watch some Netflix.

That’s fine.

The problem is when that one episode turns into three, and before you know it it’s 3 am and you’ve decided to declutter your entire closet.

The next morning the vicious cycle begins all over again with you in pure survival/zombie mode and moving as slow as a turtle.

The Solution

Commit to taking care of yourself by getting the rest you need.

  • Create a bedtime routine for yourself
  • Set an alarm to signal to yourself that it’s time to start winding down
  • Turn off electronics an hour before bed
  • Use that time to practice self-care, connect with your spouse, and read a book

Punctuality Starts With Intentionality

The act of being punctual rarely happens on accident. We all have life pop up and cause us to run behind from time to time, but by implementing a few intentional acts into each day, you can begin mitigating the repercussions of those interruptions in regards to your timing.

Make the choice to take control of your day. Don’t let circumstances run your life.

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What are your best tips to keep you from running late?

There are a million reasons why you're late every day, but most reasons boil down to these 7 common problem. Find the solution to your punctuality problem here.

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