Do any of the following sound familiar?
** You're always rushing at the last minute, even though you've promised yourself countless times that you wouldn't let this happen again.
** You've tried setting your watch several minutes ahead, but you're still late.
** You may be punctual for work (barely) but you're usually at least 20 minutes late for meetings, appointments, class, church, theater or other non-work situations.
** You make excuses, such as: "There was traffic," or "Something came up," or "I was going to call you but I didn't want to be even more late."
** People become impatient or angry at your tardiness.
** You believe that you are more motivated when in a time crunch, or that you move faster under pressure.
If you can identify with 2 or more of the above, you have a problem with punctuality, normally known as chronic lateness. Chronic lateness is related to procrastination. Latecomers and procrastinators have trouble NOT with time, but with self-discipline. They may also have underlying anxiety about the task they're faced with.
If you have problems with being punctual, especially for things that are a bit threatening, such as doctor's appointments, new social situations, or meeting with people you don't like, then your lateness is anxiety-based. Putting off the inevitable is how your mind tries to cope with anxiety.
But if you are habitually late for routine business and for events that don't cause you much discomfort, then the problem is mainly with self-discipline and your “inner brat,” the part of you that balks at exerting itself, and at being told what to do.