5 Tips You Can Steal From Punctual Women (Who Do Exist, Apparently)

Admit it: You've lied about how late you're running.

We've all done it.

You're on our way to meet someone when they call to see where you are. Despite having just stepped out of the shower you cheerily inform them you're just two stop lights away.

At some point, your friends/coworkers are going to get fed up with you and stop inviting you to things, if they haven't already. Here are just a few things you can do to secure yourself on guest lists and book-club rosters for years to come.

1. Set an absurd amount of reminders.

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You're on your phone the majority of the day anyway, so take advantage of that fact and set a bazillion reminders for yourself.

Create a reminder for anything and everything there's a chance you'll forget, whether it's calling your doctor, sending an email, or even just eating lunch.

Whatever you have to do to make sure your day goes off without a hitch.

2. Allow for some breathing room in your schedule.

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Avoid scheduling meetings or events back to back, given the likelihood that one or more of them will run over.

Adding a buffer in your schedule will ensure that you're not chaotically running from one place to another.

3. Prepare the night before.

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Pack your bag, leave your keys and/or jacket by the door, and set your coffee maker on a timer the night before to make your mornings that much smoother.

It can make a huge difference.

4. Stop hitting snooze.

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We know. It's so much easier said than done. In fact, it's 100 percent easier said than done.

But the key to breaking the cycle of lateness is to just pull yourself out of bed when the alarm says to. You can keep the hope of hopping back in it tonight glimmering in the distance.

5. Change your clocks.

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Sometimes you just have to trick yourself.

Try setting all your clocks and watches ahead 15 or 30 minutes, since you know you're going to run at least that much late anyway.

Here's to never being late again.

Well, maybe just a little bit less.

H/t: Redbook