Never Late is Betterby Nina Udomsak on Oct, 04 2012
Thank god for Berkeley Time––it lets me be 5 minutes late for class instead of 15.
Tardiness is a habit that’s hard to break for many. After many years of embarrassingly showing up to classes and meetings after they started, I still haven’t completely figured out why time is never on my side. Don’t get me wrong, I try to be quicker, I read up on tips and tricks, and I’ve completely accepted the fact that my friends know that they don’t have to show up to meet me until ten minutes after our designated time… but hey, I’m working on it. And while I continue to do so, here are some pointers for those of you who are also punctually-impaired.
Get breakfast to-go. Prepare your meals for the day the night before, and stock your kitchen with food that you can eat while walking to campus. Fruit, bagels, and yogurt are easy to munch down on before (and maybe even during) class.
Freshen up with efficiency. We aren’t always are sharpest in the early hours of the day, but it’s beneficial not only for time’s sake, but also for our brain’s stimulation, to be actively aware of how much time we spend brushing our teeth, showering, and everything else we do during our “me times” in the bathroom. Set a timer that rings every ten minutes so you’re always aware of how quickly or slowly you’re going. Keep a clock visible in all areas of your getting-ready routine. Can’t see the clock from the shower? Pick a time limit, then create a playlist that is that amount of time in length. Use this playlist every time; pretty soon, you’ll know to finish washing your hair after Nicki Minaj shuts up and to start cleansing your face when you hear “Oppa Gangnam Style!”
Shorten your makeup routine. For those of you who wear makeup, consider going au naturale (or as close to it as you are willing to) for your first class. Take the remainder of your makeup with you and finish off your look during your first break. Also consider changing up your makeup routine for something quicker and easier. Look up five-minute makeup tutorials on YouTube, or simply adjust your look so that you can put on less (to lower the risk of time-wasting mistakes) but still look just as beautiful.
Just wake up already. For some of us, the root of the problem is simply getting out of bed. Funny how “five more minutes” somehow always becomes, “Oh crap I’m late!” Try placing your alarm across the room, or even in your bathroom, so you’re forced to surrender those blankets to get up and turn it off. Still running back to bed? Purchase the Sleep Cycle iPhone app, or this little gadget right here. Need some human help? Enlist your roommate to go to whatever lengths you allow to manipulate you out of bed. Or, make breakfast plans with a friend who’s a morning person; this would encourage you (if you’re a good friend, that is) to hurry so you don’t keep them waiting (too long).
Time waits for no one, and I know this better than anyone else. So why take timeliness advice from someone with timeliness trouble? Those who proactively try to fix their habits are the ones who know both the problem and the possible solutions. I’m not yet a success story; but I’m proof of progress.