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Overcoming Chronic Lateness

By Marty Nemko

Cause: You underestimate how long things take.
Cure: Remember that many things can go wrong. So do what building contractors do: add 25-50% to the time you think a task will take.

Cause: You enjoy the adrenaline rush of cutting it close.
Cure: Just once, try allowing too much time for a task. For example, if it takes 30 minutes to get that job interview, allow 45. You'll probably prefer the peace over the frenzy.

Cause: Distractability, Attention Deficit Disorder
Cure: Allow only the minimum time needed to get the task done. The time pressure will help you resist distractions.

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