Some people find it easy to be on time and punctual. Other people find it very difficult.
It's pretty much a matter of how you're hard-wired. Unfortunately for those who find it difficult, being on time and punctual is mandatory in the world of work and employment.
If you're working a temporary position, then being on time is even more important. Why is that? Because there's a chance that you'd like to work for this company on a direct basis rather than a temporary one. Sometimes employers convert a temporary worker who has been impressive and productive and turn them into a direct employee.
However, if that temporary worker can't seem to be on time, then their chances of becoming a direct employee is drastically reduced.
In addition, personal branding is at the heart of this issue. If you brand yourself as somebody who is rarely on time, then you're essentially branding yourself as somebody who cannot be counted upon. And if you brand yourself as somebody who cannot be counted upon, then you're branding yourself as somebody who is potentially untrustworthy.
So that's how the world of personal branding works. You've gone from being somebody who has trouble being punctual to somebody who is untrustworthy - all in the space of a single paragraph.
With all of this in mind, below is a list of four ways to retrain yourself to be on time and more punctual:
#1 - Practice being punctual in small things.
One of the best ways to become punctual in your professional life is to become punctual in your personal life first. That's because being on time is a habit, and you must start forming your habit somewhere. Set times for doing things and make sure that you hit your marks. (Even if it's only checking your mailbox every day.)
#2 - Set your watch ahead.
First and foremost, wear a watch. Or, lacking one of those, use your phone to keep track of the time. Set your watch ahead 10 or 15 minutes, whatever amount of time that you're usually late. It's an old trick, to be sure, but still one that works. Why fix what isn't broken?
#3 - Set back-up alarms.
More than likely, you have an alarm set on your watch/phone. However, it must not be getting the job done, since this is an ongoing issue. So set back-up alarms to further remind you about the importance of punctuality in life and in the workplace.
#4 - Have other people hold you accountable.
Watches and phones are all fine and good, but human beings are even better. This is especially the case if those human beings are your friends and family and are understanding regarding the predicament in which you find yourself. If they consistently help you to be on time, then it will become a habit that will transfer over to your job and employment.
And once that happens, you'll see what a difference it makes in your job and career.
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