Berger Leadership Blog

Jul 15, 2016

5 habits to ensure timeliness

NAFCU board room
NAFCU staff at a meeting.

One of my pet peeves is when people arrive late – whether to a meeting or even a dinner reservation. I’m not sure if the same rings true for you, but I think most would agree that being late stalls productivity and can be just plain annoying.

The Express Tribune’s Umnia Shahid recently published an article listing five habits of people who are never late. Habits include:

1. They don’t blame their situations. “Being late is 100% your fault,” Shahid writes. “It’s always possible to be on time when it matters.”

2. They value other people’s time. Being late is rude.

3. They’re pessimistic about the clock. “Chronic latecomers abide by what are called time unicorns: unusual situations in which they made it somewhere or did something in record speed,” Shahid writes. “The solution: For various situations, set a timer from the moment you begin until the minute you finish.”

4. They always work backwards. Identify the time you need to get ready, for example, and subtract the time it will take to complete all your tasks so you can arrive where you need to be on time.

5. They break down complex tasks. Break down big projects into smaller tasks so you can better estimate how long it will take you to get them completed.

It seems in today’s world that people are rarely on time. These five habits can apply to leaders – you and me – as much as they can apply to our teammates and employees. Being a C-suite leader should never be used as an excuse for being late.

As leaders, we set the tone for punctuality – whether in everyday meetings or arriving to work on time in the mornings. Follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).