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Never Be Late Again: 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged

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Paperback, 177 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Post Madison Pub
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Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I am chronically tardy. My mother likes to remind me that my birth on my due date was the last time I was on time. While I don't think one book is going to solve 30 years' worth of tardiness, reading this book gave me some valuable insight as to why I am constantly late, no matter how much time I have on my hands. I've implemented some of the author's suggested strategies, and more importantly, become more mindful of the psychological factors that hinder my efforts to be on time. To my surprise, ...more
Haider Al-Mosawi
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The thing I loved most about this book - and wish more writers take this approach (including myself!) - is that the author identifies different psychological causes for the "punctually challenged" and offers different solutions.

How many times have you read a book or blog post that says: "If you procrastinate, then you should do this..."

In this book, she follows the formula: "If you're not punctual, then it could be for these reasons, and you this is what you can try out for each reason..."

Kimberly Fields
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I was impressed that it was based on solid psychology, not just some author's opinions about how to not be late. It was interesting to read about the different underlying reasons for chronic lateness (and see some of myself in each of them). It was also really interesting to learn about factors that cause lateness- that it can actually be at least partially a result of biological tendencies, different ways people's brains work, etc. The authors surveyed several hundred ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Remember, you don't simply wake up one day magically cured of procrastination and lateness. You first need to address the underlying reasons."

This is the kind of book you'll want to immediately re-read as soon as you finish. Delonzor really did her homework to write this book. With humorous yet sobering real life examples, her "7 cures for the punctually challenged" is not a one size fits all solution. She allows the reader to identify their personal root causes for lateness and offers plenty
Sarede Switzer
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that really breaks down some of the major factors that contribute to chronic lateness. As a "former card-carrying member of the punctually challenged" myself (the author's terminology), this book was mostly helpful for realizing that there are others out there like me, and in having a deeper understanding of the psychological underpinnings of my former chronically tardy ways. At the end of the day, I don't think this book alone is enough to nix this bad habit, however it has ...more
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Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Since I was a child, I've struggled with timeliness. Came across this book while searching the library website and thought I'd take a look. So far, the book is doing a great job explaining why punctuality is so important in our culture - if only to relieve oneself of the guilt associated with being late. It categorizes reasons why people struggle with being on time. For me, one reason I identified with is a difficulty being motivated. Lots of humor, plus suggestions on how to be more punctual. I ...more
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm really glad I read this book - and even though I don't fall into the perpetually late category, there was a lot to learn. It's the kind of book I'd like to recommend to others without offending them. "Hey - you might like this book - it's about being late :)" Seriously - I think most people would find it interesting (because even if you're never late, you know people who are - and you understand them a bit better too)
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough positive things about this book. First of all, it's one of the only books I've ever found on the topic, and for those of us who suffer from chronic lateness, it's very much needed. Secondly, it addresses the problem in a practical fashion, but also at depth. If you struggle with being on time, you MUST read this book.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Very good. Probably the only book you ever need to read to kill your lateness habit. Its also way more than a book about being late. It tackles the subject from every angle, and it gives solutions for each of them. I was surprised to see how many other topics are connected with being a cause of lateness: passive-aggressiveness, procrastination, anxiety, being unorganized, overscheduling yourself, fear of boredom, and a lack of mindfulness/awareness. I definitely recommend it to anyone who ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! This book was so spot on. I felt a little depressed realizing that every reason she explained for being late applies to me, but it is truly a wake up call to understand the drivers behind my behavior. This book has inspired me to change and has given me some hope that it can be done, with the tools shes provided. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to understand chronic lateness. ...more
Niniane Wang
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very useful stories! It describes how some people have magical thinking that they could fit more activities in. Also, if you lack discipline to end your current activity in order to go to the next one, you can practice. ...more
Leanna Gatlin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just punctuality

More than just about punctuality, this book helps you see whats behind your chronic lateness and provides non-judging tools for introspection and self-guided improvement. Great read!
Teresa Ballantyne
Appendix A tool this from 4 to 5 stars

Informative and practical: This book addresses the why we do it as well as the how to stop doing it.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to understand and full of relatable anecdotes. The author provides tons of strategies and exercises to help hold yourself accountable. Highly recommend to anyone chronically late!!
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rosie  Lee
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It works!!!

Surprisingly good - there were tips I starting using before I even finished the book and already I see improvements. Really gets to the heart of the issue of tardiness.
Hilary Ryder
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the most helpful book I have read this year. Helpful analysis of why one is late and then tailored exercises to prevent lateness really worked for me!
Jay Vaid
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice book
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amateur attempt at psychology fails to provide practical help
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
I'm almost always running late and it drives me nuts. I loved that this book broke down late people into different categories and provided strategies. I am fit two categories more than others, but still benefited from reading (or skim reading) the whole book. My one complaint is that it was a bit repetitive and could have been written in half the amount of pages.
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Megan Olsen
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. This is a quick read, and as is typical of many self-help books, could actually be a 10-page outline and get the job done. I liked the approach to the problem of lateness, which tackles some of the personality types and psychological basis to lateness.

Tips I'll be using/thinking about:

~Use a stopwatch to record the actual time it takes to get somewhere. Stop thinking "optimistically" or "magically" about time.

~Don't think of arriving early as time wasted waiting. Learn to
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Andrea by: Sarah
After waiting for my husband to arrive home on time (RARELY happens) to take care of the kids, so I could make it to an appointment on time, I saw this book on my sister-in-law's list. I thought, "hmm, maybe I could read this and understand my hubbie's late tendencies better." Well I do, he's a producer (wants to be using every second of time--not wasting it being early). He pretty much fit into almost every category is some way. Anyway, it was a quick, helpful read, and I actually learned a lot ...more
Rebecca N. McKinnon
This is a lot of great information and insight packed into a fairly fast read. The author is a psychologist who's done behavioral studies on tardiness, so it's not just another, "You can do it, so do it!" self-help books. It delves into different types of procrastinators, different reasons for chronic lateness, and many exercises and actions plans for each type of tardee. I highly recommend it. I'm only knocking off one star for grammatical and typographical errors in the e-book version; for an ...more
Tishy Wishy
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read this book because it was so insightful. I'm definitely not the same person, having used the tools and methods written to become an early-bird, battle anxiety and stay committed to following through with projects/issues. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about why they always run late and ways in which to combat it.

Originial Review:
Changed my approach to being late and procrastination because of this book.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
From what I read online, there aren't a lot of books out there for the "punctually challenged" but I thought this was a great book. First defining what kind of a late person you are, then giving lots of helpful tips on getting better with time. Since this is a long time problem for me, I ended up buying the book and making lots of notes in it, figuring I may need to reference it again and again! I would recommend this book to anyone who's perpetually late and wants to change!
Deena M
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked reading the different reasons people are late, and I was able to identify the ones that fit my personality. I also found some helpful actionable steps I could take that seemed manageable for my life. I would recommend this book to those who struggle with punctuality and are ready to either learn more about why and/or are ready to make changes.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I liked the book. The writer's suggestions to overcome the problem of chronic tardiness are mostly okay but sometimes very simple such as meditation. Okay, I'm sure meditation can help if one can do regularly which is exactly the challenge that procrastinators are experiencing. Procrastinators will know that meditation will help but they will certainly keep postponing to do it.
Dotti Albertine
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
A friend saw this on the bottom of my stack of "to reads" and suggestued I put it on the top. I've been trying to read it for 3 years, since time management is a problem for me. Delonzor has done a great job with this book. It covers many issues surrounding punctuality, is well organized and written with humor and empathy. I'm very grateful for it and finding it immensely helpful.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chock-full of great tips. Although I'm not too extreme about being late, I do often fall into many of the traps the book describes for many of the reasons described. It was often spookily accurate as to the way my mind works. I'm putting some of the exercises into practice now so here goes nothing...
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