I’ve struggled terribly for years with keeping track of time, planning my time and executive functioning (getting around to doing tasks). For me, this is due to my Autism and Dyspraxia but I know it’s a general problem for so many people. Do you often get so (hyper) focussed on doing a single task that you loose all sense of time or often get too distracted by irrelevant tasks?
Here are the coping strategies for being on time, that I’ve learned over 30+ years:
Get everything ready the night before by putting all of the essentials in your bag or together in a pile (which you have to walk past on the way out).
Plan your outfit and/or make sure your shoes/bag/coat are clean and presentable beforehand.
To figure how long it will take to get ready break down your daily routine into tasks, then assume each task is going to take a few minutes longer than you would think.
At the start, factor in ten extra minutes for zoning out or hyper-focussing on something or for one of those ‘Oh crap, I’ve properly arsed this up’ sort of moments.
If you are able, get into the habit of agreeing on a time to meet up a bit later – even though (in your head) you are still aiming for the original time – to give yourself a margin.
Set an alarm or a timer to go off half way through the time you have left to get ready, to give you some perspective on how you are doing.
Don’t rely on public transport/a lift/taxis to be on time either and allow for rush hour traffic.
Now you should fall into the middle of the time slot you’ve mentally and socially allocated yourself.
If you are still late sometimes? Try not to stress. Shit happens.