Punctuality is the politeness of kings, as they say. It is an essential quality for success in daily life, both personally and professionally. Punctuality allows you to seize opportunities, improves your reputation, and cultivates respect for yourself and others and their time.

For African women, who often juggle multiple responsibilities, being on time can be a real challenge. Here are 10 practical tips to help you be punctual every day and enjoy the benefits of this lifestyle:

  1. Plan your day the night before:

Before going to bed, take the time to plan your next day. Estimate the time needed for each task and anticipate possible setbacks as much as possible. This will allow you to manage your time better and avoid delays.

  1. Prepare in advance:

In the morning, leave nothing to chance. Prepare your clothes, your purse, and everything you need the night before. This will save you time in the morning and allow you to leave on time.

  1. Set alarms and reminders:

Use your phone or a calendar to set alarms, already for waking up without snoozing for 5 or 10 minutes, and reminders for your appointments and important tasks. This will allow you to remember everything and be on time.
If you have an assistant, ask them to remind you on time.

  1. Be realistic in your time estimates:

Never underestimate the time it takes to complete a task. Always plan for a little more time than necessary for unforeseen events. This will avoid unpleasant surprises due to a temporary lack of inspiration or other.

  1. Learn to say no:

Don’t accept appointments or tasks if you know you won’t have time to honor them. It is better to politely refuse than to rush and be late. It is especially important to prioritize things to do to avoid being overwhelmed by unnecessary or non-essential tasks or appointments.

  1. Delegate tasks:

If you have too much to do, don’t hesitate to delegate some tasks to others. This will allow you to focus on the most important tasks and be on time. If you have difficulty delegating, consider supervising the work once it is done to reassure yourself of the final quality.

  1. Avoid distractions:

When getting ready to go out, avoid distractions that can lead to procrastination, such as TV, mobile phones, social media, or unexpected conversations. This will help you stay focused and leave on time. It’s easy to get carried away by an interesting movie or a news story that piques your curiosity online, so it’s important not to let yourself be distracted by these situations.

  1. Be positive:

Having a positive attitude will help you manage your time better and be more punctual. Focus on your goals and the benefits of being on time. If you believe in the law of attraction or visualization techniques, always see yourself on time and avoid negativity (instead of “I don’t want to be late,” think and say: “I’m always on time/I arrive at the office on time…”).

  1. Reward yourself:

When you are punctual, congratulate yourself and give yourself a small reward. This will help you stay motivated and keep making an effort. Celebrating these victories can help you maintain your self-esteem and encourage you to do even more.

  1. Be patient:

Becoming punctual doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience to adopt new habits. Be patient with yourself and don’t be discouraged if you have occasional delays, it’s part of life. With a good dose of discipline, you will successfully install the punctual version in your lifestyle.

By following these 10 effective tips daily, you can improve your punctuality and save time every day. Remember that punctuality is a quality that will help you succeed in all aspects of your life.


Use a reliable transportation system: If you don’t have a car, make sure you have a reliable transportation system to get to your appointments.

Plan an alternate route: In case of unforeseen events, such as a traffic jam, have an alternate route in mind.

Be courteous: If you are late, sincerely apologize to the people you have kept waiting.

Keep this in mind: punctuality is a matter of respect for others. By being punctual, you show that you value other people’s time and that you are a reliable person. So it’s time to take action!

Pélagie Blewussi

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