When planning your day, I suggest mapping out your appointments in a calendar. I use Google Calendar. This allows for me to add the address and simply click on the map and driving directions that magically pop up on my smart phone. This app function is a life-saver for me! It even gives me a ten minute warning before I have to leave to arrive on time! I try to leave before that and give myself a twenty to thirty minute buffer between appointments.
Why? Seattle traffic is so unpredictable! Sometimes I can fly from one part of town to another without any issues, but sometimes I am sitting in traffic for an hour. Very frustrating! Another reason to leave early is to find parking. I am guilty of being late for a meeting, finding a parking spot and not bothering to plug the meter. I have had a few parking tickets from this unethical decision. I also have been known to get lost - frequently. Even places that I have been to several times before. Having a few extra minutes gives me a buffer without looking like a complete idiot.
Another reason I try to leave plenty of time between meetings, to mentally and physically prepare. I think people try to schedule meetings back-to-back in an effort to be efficient with their time. I think this is counter-productive. If we don't allow ourselves to prepare and process information we have received or need to convey, we are ineffective. We need to give ourselves a few minutes to prepare our thoughts. Time to review notes, reread emails and jot a few notes for the upcoming meeting.
Being early gives you the chance to think, update your records, return emails, listen to voicemail messages or even take a quick walk around the block or use the bathroom!
A current goal of mine is to take better care of my health. When I am working hard with clients and attending several meetings, I tend to not eat regularly or make healthy choices. I don't make exercise a priority. Building a bit of time between obligations can ensure time for a walk or a healthy snack.
|Sometimes it also allows for a little treat.|