Having trouble getting places on time? You need to check out these tips for how to get out of the house on time!
As a kid, my dad was late to everything. I mean ev.er.y.thing. It’s a family curse – so much so that my Grandma always tells my dad and uncles (my dad is one of 5 boys, all of whom are chronically late) to show up a half hour early. That way, they’re usually ‘on time’ and the latest of my uncles is only 30 minutes late.
Years of waiting outside school well past when the other kids had been picked up has left me with a compulsive need to be on time or early to things. I almost always sit in my car for at least 15 minutes when meeting someone somewhere, from a friend for coffee to every job interview I’ve ever been on.
And then I had 2 children in less than 2 years who now laugh at any semblance of being on time. More often than not, I’m running in circles trying to get everything together so that I can get where I need to go on time. There is nothing that stresses me out more than feeling like I’m in a rush to get ready. And, of course, my being stressed inevitably makes everyone else stressed, building into a giant stress fest that eventually erupts in tears, meltdowns, and/or yelling. Fun, right?
To help offset the craziness, I have set up some rules for myself to make it easier and to ensure I get out of the house on time.