Getting to Your Destination with Time to Spare
Task: You have an important appointment across town. This is a big one and must not be late. What to do?
- Break it down step by step. Do the math. What do you have scheduled before the appointment? When making an appointment, try to remember to schedule yourself a 30-minute time cushion between the time you have to have everything wrapped up and the time you have to walk out the door to leave. Making sure you leave enough time to get in the car with everything you need and make it to your destination is crucial.
- Do a quick estimate of the time you think it’ll take you to get there. Go ahead and MapQuest the fastest route to double check any possible construction that you might not be aware of and may encounter. Then double your time estimate, especially if it’s during rush hour, and add in 15 minutes for flex-time, which can be used for a gas station stop or any other snafu you hadn’t anticipated. This may sound goofy but you never know when you may need that time because the other half forgot to tell you he ran out all the gas and wasn’t in the mood to stop and refuel. It happens.
- Set out the items you’ll need to take with you. Along with your keys, purse, and wallet, do you need to bring your planner and a notebook in case you need to write down dates, and more times? Put everything in plain sight, preferably right next to you so that you can gather it all up and head out the door.
- Set a timer. Yes, I love my timers. If you’re feeling frisky and on top of things, set just one to alert you one hour before you need to leave. Or, if you’re anything like me, set several timers to alert you at fifteen minute intervals, starting from the one hour countdown.
- Before you leave, do the pre-flight checklist. Do you have your purse, keys, drivers license, cell, and everything you’ll need for this appointment in your hot little hand? Yeah? Then you should get there on time, possibly even a little early, but if the worst does happen and traffic is bad or you get caught behind a wreck, you’ll arrive, theoretically, with at least fifteen minutes to spare so that you can transition over to the next step.
- Breathe. Smile. And be prepared to focus. You’re on time, right? Now make the best of it.