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Being Chronically Late: The Four Personalities

Many chronically late people fall in one or more of these four personalities:

  • The Perfectionist: The person who is late because everything has to be done perfectly and has to be flawless in every aspect.
  • The Crisis Maker: One who seeks the adrenaline rush of a time constraint.
  • The Defier: One who rebels against the existing social norms and demands, defying the authorities who try to impose orders.
  • The Dreamer: Someone who lives in a dream world, assuming that time works for them in a different way.

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Being late is a chronic habit and shifting towards punctuality can take weeks or even months, as the person has to break down a pattern (of being late) and build a new one.

While a person can be coaxed into being on time using heavy penalties, a more powerful incentive is the positive aspects of being on (or before) time.

Being habitually and chronically late for work or any other appointment is a kind of insanity, according to Tim Urban, who classifies such people (comprising 15 to 20 percent of the population as per a 2006 survey) as Chronically Late Insane People (CLIP).

  • Certain specific places in the daily schedule have to be targeted, once they are identified as pain points (getting up late, for example). Once can set multiple alarms/reminders during the day to ‘wake up’ from the current task and rush towards the upcoming appointment.
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The amount of energy it takes to rush into things and trying to reach frantically on time, and then to repent afterwards, can be harnessed and channelled into working towards being punctual.

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