Here’s the newest medical condition. You’re not late all the time because you’re rude or inconsiderate . . . you have a lateness addiction.
A top management consultant, Diana DeLonzor, says her studies show that 17 percent of all people may suffer from an addiction to being late.
I think you should try and use THAT as your excuse next time you’re late for work, and see how that plays out.
DeLonzor says for years, she was a lateness addict and her personal life suffered because of it.
“Most people really hate being late and have tried many times to fix it,” DeLonzor says. “Punctual people misunderstand. They think you’re doing it as a control thing, or that you’re selfish or inconsiderate. But it really is a much more complex problem than it seems.”
People who are chronically late share several traits, the study revealed. According to an article about the study on yahoo!, late people tended to procrastinate more, demonstrated trouble with self-control (were more prone to habits such as overeating, drinking too much, gambling and impulse shopping), showed an affinity for thrill-seeking and displayed ADD-like symptoms-restlessness, trouble focusing and attention issues.
Here are the three types of late addicts, which one are you?
The Deadliner enjoys the rush of the last minute. She thrives on urgency and often claims to work best under pressure. Sometimes it’s difficult for Deadliners to motivate unless there’s a crisis (even if that means creating crises of their own). Rushing from here to there serves as a way to relieve boredom.
The Producer needs to get as much done in as little time as possible. She feels better about herself when she’s checking things off a massive to-do list. Producers tend to engage in “magical thinking,” consistently underestimating the amount of time their tasks will take. They hate wasting time, so they schedule themselves to make use of every minute of the day.
The Absent-Minded Professor is easily distracted. Distractibility is thought to have a genetic basis and can range from full-blown attention deficit disorder to innocent flakiness. Absent-Minded Professors often lose track of time, misplace car keys and forget appointments.
The good news? You can plan your way out of being a late addict, but as usual, that takes work and effort, and I swear I’ll start tomorrow!