Time Management

3 Reasons You Are Always Running Late – And What To Do About It!

Are you someone who is always running late? You might struggle with real, legitimate issues that cause you to be late. Sometimes it’s helpful to have a different perspective on a issue that seems impossible to resolve.

Here are three reasons you might be late – and what you can do about it! 

#1 I can’t find an outfit to wear

If you find yourself wasting precious minutes each morning tearing through your closet with “nothing to wear,” you’re not alone! I know that many people struggle to come up with an outfit each day – I have a hard time with this one, too! I have two suggestions for this dilemma.

  • Utilize Instagram and Pinterest: Any time you see an outfit that you like on a blog post or website, pin it to an Outfit Ideas board. If you’re scrolling Instagram and see an outfit that makes you say, “That’s so cute!” just click the little tab on the bottom right of the picture and save it to your Instagram favorites. When you’re standing in front of your closet, scroll those pictures and find one you can recreate with things you already have. This is a great activity to do in the evenings – you could even put a few outfits together for the week and have them ready to throw on in the mornings!
  • Create A Capsule/Lifestyle Wardrobe: This makes choosing an outfit so much easier. I have done this a couple times and always found it to be beneficial.

—> Read More: How To Eliminate The “What Am I Going To Wear” Struggle

#2 I get easily distracted by other tasks

If this causes you to run late in the morning, I have two tips for you.

  • Set a timer: If you have to be out the door in 30 minutes, set the timer on your phone! Having the scrolling timer right in front of you might really help you stay on track. I use this trick when I’m going somewhere and my hair just won’t cooperate. I give myself an amount of time and then I have to stop messing with it and just go!
  • Stick to a morning routine: You probably don’t have time to clean your whole house before leaving in the morning, but choosing a few chores that you do every single day enables you to leave the house feeling like you’ve accomplished something.

—> Read More: How To Avoid Social Media Distraction and Get Stuff Done

#3 It’s not me, it’s everyone else I have to get out the door with me.

If others are clamoring for your attention in the morning, making messes and complicating things, keep your morning as simple as possible. This is one of the “control what you can control” situations.

Do as many tasks as you can the night before: make all the lunches, lay out all the outfits (head to toe), set out everything for breakfast, etc. Things are going to happen, but you can leave more room for the unexpected disasters by planning ahead for the things you know you need.

If the school drop off time makes it hard for you to get to work promptly, you’ll have to work hard to be at the school as early as you’re able. Make it as easy as possible to get to point A, which will in turn make it easier to get to point B!

Are any of these the reasons you’re late? If not, what makes it hard for you to get out the door on time?

4 thoughts on “3 Reasons You Are Always Running Late – And What To Do About It!

  1. Boy! Oh boy! You must have been talking about me. I am always the last one at a gathering because of #1 and #2. And then to top it all off I am stressed while driving to my destination.
    Before I even read your post, I had promised myself I would get my clothes ready for Sunday Church on Saturday. I plan to do my nails and wash my hair today to. I will set the timer on my phone tomorrow and hopefully I will get to Church at least 5 minutes early. I CAN DO THIS!


  2. Wow, great post and great tips, Whitney! I remember before I had kids, a mom showed up late at church and blamed her little kids for making them late. I was thinking, ‘That is not their fault! You’re the mom. Manage the routine better.’ Then one day several years later I caught myself doing the very same with my little ones—blaming them for our late arrivals— and my words came back to me. 🤦‍♀️ And I then remembered it was my responsibility to set the routine, prepare ahead, and let them know the plan and expectations.


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