Perhaps the biggest relationship struggle the hubs and I have is the issue of tardiness. Put two people together, one who believes in being 15 minutes early and the other fashionably late (I’ll let you guess who is who!), and you’re bound to have some issues getting out the door without
WWIII a tiny yet civil argument erupting.
Being tardy is something that I’ve found to be, let’s say, a bit more acceptable in NYC than in other places. Have you guys found that too? It’s so easy to blame the crazy lifestyle–got stuck at work, got stuck on the subway, got stuck in traffic–that being late is more the norm than the exception.
While we can’t always control things like not being able to hail a cab at 5pm or the F train getting stuck between stations without cell service, here’s a few tips I’ve integrated into our home to make getting out the door a bit easier (hubs, you’re welcome.)
1. Have a catch-all station right at the door.
One of the biggest problems with getting derailed last minute is the awful habit of coming in and dropping stuff at random as you go–talk about the quickest way to misplace keys, wallet, and cell phone! Instead of creating this insanely irritating trail of stuff, I put a big bowl RIGHT by our front door, where all the little things get dropped immediately upon coming in. This way, when we’re rushing out somewhere, the hubs knows exactly where to find his sunglasses and credit card.
2. Have one calendar for work + real life.
Before, the hubs used to keep two separate calendars, one for work and one for social activities. This popped up as a problem when work drinks would collide with a dinner date we had preplanned months in advance, because the calendars weren’t synced. Now, I make sure to send social invites digitally to him so he can automatically add it into his work calendar, making the likely hood of overlap a lot less.
3. Always leave the house 15 minutes earlier than you think you should.
…because there will be traffic, and there will be stalled trains. And hey! If there’s not, you get extra bonus points for getting there early–I’ll give them to you myself!;-)
4. Lay out your complete outfit ahead of time.
And by complete outfit I mean: outfit, shoes, tights (check in advance for snags!), accessories, and exact shade of lipstick. It’s those little things, like realizing too late that you need to iron/steam your dress, or you can’t find your navy purse–that often leads to getting out the door late. Having stuff prepped the night ahead helps a ton!
5. And for the love of God, if you know you’re going to be more than 15 minutes late, let people know as far in advance as possible.
Dinner scheduled downtown at 7pm and you’re still in the midtown office at 6:50? Chances are, you probably knew around 6:15 that it was gonna be tough to get out on time, so rather than waiting til 7 to text your date, shoot a text out at 6:15 with a more accurate arrival time. I, for one, would much rather fiddle around my house for an extra hour rather than sit solo at a bar ordering drinks and thumb twiddling, just saying;-)
Would love to know…what are your tips for combating tardiness? Share below!
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