Here’s a few tips to avoid being fashionably late for functions.
I’m going to tell you a secret.
Most of the time, I’m late. I always joke that I’ll probably be late to my funeral. There’s nothing fun about being late to a party, business meeting, or even to the carpool line. I’ve been working towards being on time to everything lately. I feel like there are only so many variables in my day that I can control and making a conscious effort to be on time is one of them. Tatiana is also one of the biggest reasons that I’m trying to change always being fashionably late. She is a big stickler for being on time. It makes her angry when we’re late to things because she likes to be punctual so she doesn’t miss out on anything. I don’t blame her one bit.
So after the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making tiny adjustments in an effort to show up on time and be present in every moment.
How to Avoid Being Fashionably Late
1. Plan your outfits in advance.
This is something that I’ve always done but sometimes I overthink it and change my mind at the last minute. I try to plan a few outfits at a time that would work for different occasions. If I’m really struggling with what looks to put together, I just put a few of my timeless wardrobe essentials together. Once all of the outfits are planned, I keep them in a separate section of my closet so that I can just grab and go. I do the same thing for Tatiana. It makes things so much easier especially when we’re in a hurry.
2. Double check your travel time.
Whenever we’ve got to be somewhere at a certain time I make sure to check how long it will take us to get there. If it’s somewhere new I make sure to take a mental note of that because I might not be familiar with the route. Once we’re in the car, I use the GPS to guide me instead of trying to figure out the best or quickest way to get there.
3. Schedule the event in your calendar at least 15 minutes before it actually starts.
This has been a major help for me! We keep a family calendar for all of our activities. I always schedule them 15-30 minutes before they actually start to account for any last minute mishaps. Sometimes traffic is bad or we forget something and have to turn around, or we just might have to stop for gas on the way. Allowing yourself extra time to get to your destination is essential.
4. Have an accountability partner.
Whether I’m going to a blogger meetup, dinner party or work event, I always coordinate with someone who I know is bound to be on time. They usually stay on top of me so that we can make it there at the same time because no one wants to show up to the party alone. When we’re doing things together as a family, my husband and Tatiana are my accountability partners. They’re quick to keep me in check and able to get me out of the door on time.
Do you have any tips that help keep you from being fashionably late?
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