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17 Useful Tips And Products You Need If You’re Always (Always) Late

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1. Slip a pair of Wraps headphones around your wrist to prevent losing precious minutes searching for your earbuds.

Promising Review: "I love these earbuds! They don't tangle, they're comfortable, and the sound is good. I like them so much I bought four more pairs for everyone in my family for Christmas. I wish they came in more colors. But that's a minor quibble!" —Lydia

Get them from The Grommet for $19.95 (available in four colors).

2. Grab a Clocky alarm clock that you’ll have to chase to cut off, building an instant workout into your morning routine.

Promising Review: “I really have a love-hate relationship with this thing. It is very, very loud. And the noise it emits will surely get you up. Some mornings, it's fun and it gets me right out of bed. But other mornings I want to smash it against the wall. So be warned, it works exactly like it should. But sometimes that isn't a good thing!” —Lawerence Dove

Get it from Nanda Home for $39.99 (available in eight colors) or Amazon for $58+ (available in two colors).


3. Pick up an aluminum KeySmart key holder for organizing your keys in one compact key organizer — marking the end of last-minute hunts for your three separate key rings.

The organizer will hold up to eight keys. It also includes a loop piece, so it can be attached to a car fob or remote.

Promising Review: "This keyring is wonderful! I have a significant amount of keys I need for maintenance work, and this provides mecomfort and organization with less hassle. I will never go back to jangling keys again!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in three colors).

You may also be interested in the KeySmart Pro, which includes Tile technology so you locate your keys if you ever misplace or lose them.

4. Learn how long it takes you to complete your morning routing — including showering, doing your makeup or hair, and getting dressed.

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This is key to making sure you are giving yourself enough time to get everything done and still leave in time to punctually arrive at your destination.

5. Slap on a simple electronic watch so you’ll always know what time it is, especially if you can’t remember the difference between the first and second hand.

Promising Review: “As soon as I received this watch, I was instantly happy with the look of it in. Nice big face on it. I've been asked countless times in the past week where I got it and what brand it is. Super satisfied with customer service; I had a question about the setup and they emailed me back in less than 24 hours. 10/10 would buy again.” —DanielJ

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

6. Iron your clothes the night before or as soon as you get out of bed, using a quality iron like a T-fal Ultraglide iron or Rowenta Focus iron.

This will keep you from breaking your morning flow from the bathroom to getting dressed just to iron your clothes.

Promising Review: “Rowenta irons are great quality and give perfect results. They leave fabric crisp, smooth, and wrinkle-free. I've tried many irons in 30 years, and nothing compares. This was my second Rowenta only because someone dropped it too many times. So you may want to hide your iron!” —Toot Your Horn

Get them from Amazon: T-fal Ultraglide iron for $34.53 and Rowenta Focus Iron for $74.99.


7. And make room for a stylish wooden clothing rack so you’ll have a place to plan out and hang your outfit for each day.

Use your clothing rack to organize all of your clothing items and accessories the night before. This will prevent you from struggling to piece together an outfit in the morning.

Promising Review: “This clothing rack is very cute and pretty sturdy. I'm glad I chose this one. You can leave it out, and it's not an eyesore like the metal ones!” —Sarmarie

Get it from Amazon for $62.50.

8. Set the clocks in your home — and your watch — 10 to 15 minutes ahead to keep working with and not against time.

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You can also use the strategy of setting different clocks ahead different times, that way you will always be motivated to get out the door since you may not know which one is closest to the actual time.

9. Put down a Ruggie alarm clock rug that'll force you to get out of bed — and avoid pressing snooze 800 times.

Promising Review: “This definitely helped with my morning routine! At first, it was still hard. The first thought is to crawl back in bed. But after a week, my body already knew that when Ruggie is calling, it is time to start my day!” —Annija

Get it from Amazon for $69+ (available in two colors) or Ruggie for $79+ (available in two colors).

10. Invest in an egg cooker and other kitchen tools to expedite the cooking time of your favorite breakfast staples.

And try to plan your breakfast for the week, so you’ll know exactly what you want to eat before heading out the door.

Promising Review:
“This egg cooker is super easy to use! The measuring cup tells you how much water to use based on what you are doing, and my eggs come out perfectly! Several of my co-workers bought it after I showed them how great it was.” —Tiffany Romanowski

Get it from Amazon for $15.48.


11. Plan your days out in a Minimalist planner so you won't end up scrambling to make an appointment you forgot about.

Promising Review: “This is an all-around perfect planner. I have been looking for something that can combine a journal and a planner, and is already dated and ready to go. This planner has plenty of room to write and make lists on the top half of the weekly calendar. I use the top part as a food and exercise log. It also has enough room to write mileage for my work each day. My only regret was that I did not buy this at the beginning of the year!” —Heidi O

Get it from Amazon for $8.95+.

12. Consider building mediation time into your morning routine to encourage yourself to get up a little earlier than you usually do.

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Meditating will also help you focus on your goals for the day, motivating you to be as punctual as possible, along with anything else you want to achieve.

13. Grab a copy of Never Be Late Again for a bunch of tips on making the most of your time and breaking your lateness habit.

Promising Review: “This is a clever, funny, compassionate book filled with practical tips from a former (and maybe sometimes current) habitually late person. It isn’t preachy at all. I will admit, though, that even though this is insightful and full of helpful exercises, my subconscious still sabotages me. I'm still late a lot. To truly change your subconscious patterns, you need a lot of determination and commitment to doing what is recommended here. It’s a great book, but just it won't fix ya. It's complicated. Work it out, like I am. And celebrate your progress like she says to!” —Lisa K. Gordon

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle and Paperback).

14. Spray your clothes with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus if you don’t have the patience to deal with an iron.

Promising Review: “This is a must-have for my 24-year-old son who seems to be allergic to an iron. It does take wrinkles out of almost every shirt he owns. And many of his pants get by with this, as well. Heavier work pants, full cotton type will still need an iron. But overall, I love this stuff!” —Jennifer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.94.


15. Fill out your G-Calendar app to plan your week. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’ll have coming up each day.

You can also download the Google Calendar app for your phone to easily access your calendar throughout the day. Get the Google Calendar app for free on the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

17. And finally, get to to bed on time and track the amount of rest you are getting each night in a dreamy sleep diary.

A full night of sleep will make sure you avoid feeling fatigued and tempted to press the snooze button. And keeping a sleep journal will help you better understand your sleeping patterns and what may affect your rest each night.

Promising Review: “I wanted to start keeping a sleep diary and had certain questions to answer for tracking. This Sleep Diary includes details I wouldn't have thought to include, such as what I ate and drank after 6. This will give me deep insight into my sleeping patterns.” —Kathryn E. Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.