If you’re one of those people who is chronically late, you’ve probably tried and tried to overcome it and have not had much success. The problem with being constantly late is that it starts to affect your job and your life in negative ways. Some people take it very personally when you constantly make them wait because it makes them feel like you place minimal value on them and their time.
If you’re really interested in overcoming your tardiness, the first step is to understand the reason(s) behind your lateness. If you can understand why you’re late, then you can begin to overcome the habit before it really impacts your life in a negative way.
Management consultant, Diana DeLonzor, describes seven types of late people. Most fall into the top three categories:
The Deadliner enjoys the rush of the last minute. She thrives on urgency and often claims to work best under pressure. Sometimes it’s difficult for Deadliners to motivate unless there’s a crisis (even if that means creating crises of their own). Rushing from here to there serves as a way to relieve boredom.
The Producer needs to get as much done in as little time as possible. She feels better about herself when she’s checking things off a massive to-do list. Producers tend to engage in “magical thinking,” consistently underestimating the amount of time their tasks will take. They hate wasting time, so they schedule themselves to make use of every minute of the day.
The Absent-Minded Professor is easily distracted. Distractibility is thought to have a genetic basis and can range from full-blown attention deficit disorder to innocent flakiness. Absent-Minded Professors often lose track of time, misplace car keys and forget appointments.