AWESOME GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a 16GB Mini Tablet & Conquer Lateness This Fall!

Tricks and tips for conquering lateness, plus a super awesome giveaway.

alarm-clock Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but with along with the lovely changing leaves and that crisp, potential-filled feeling in the air also comes the whirlwind of activities that take place of summer’s lazy pace. And with that whirlwind comes so much more pressure to be on time! Whether it’s not being late to morning drop-off at school, or not being late handing in work projects or getting to to volunteer meetings or arriving at social occasions (or finally getting my tax extension done!), the pressure and the pace really pick up at this time of year. As a dyed in the wool procrastinator, I find this challenging. But if you think about it, along with all this activity comes a great opportunity to make some NEW habits — to work on conquering lateness and, in the process, take better charge of important areas of our lives, like finances. Are you with me?

With this in mind, Citi is partnering with us to share some strategies for conquering lateness this autumn, including introducing their new credit card, the Citi Simplicity card, which has NO LATE FEES. Amazing, right? Get rid of the penalty!

We’d love to hear about YOUR tips for conquering lateness, and to encourage you, we’ve got a 16GB mini tablet to give away! All the details are at the end of this post.

One of my own biggest tips for conquering lateness is simple but really effective. Are you ready for it? Here it is… (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!)….

Do one thing the night before. Yes — that’s it! It’s amazing how big a difference it can make. For me, on school nights, this means making my daughter’s lunch ahead of time, and having her lay out her clothes the night before. It’s not like this saves us hours or anything, but it does save some time, and — more importantly — a LOT of aggravation in the morning! If school isn’t part of your daily routine, this could mean looking over your calendar for the next day and making a quick to-do list so you don’t have to think about that the next day, or even picking out YOUR outfit … any little task that frees you up just a bit in the morning makes a big difference.

Then, of course, another great strategy for conquering lateness is to make sure your credit card is working with you — not against you. Citi Simplicity is the ONLY card that never charges late fees, a penalty rate or an annual fee, ever. When I first heard about it, I didn’t BELIEVE it, but it’s true — it really exists and they really do not charge late fees. When you consider credit card late fees typically start at $15 and can be as high as $35 per missed payment, late payment fees can really add up. I know from experience how frustrating this is!

Some more quick tips for conquering lateness:

– Many credit cards, including Citi Simplicity, allow cardmembers the ability to choose their own payment due date based on their schedule. This way, you can pick a date that works for you! (I set mine for right after I get my mid-month paycheck!)

– Most billers give the option to set reminders via text or email – it takes just a few minutes of time to set-up and can help you stay on track. If yours doesn’t, use a free service like Google Calendar. I LOVE my Google Calender.

– Are you set up with auto bill pay yet? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Seriously — so super helpful!

OK! Are you ready to share YOUR tips for conquering lateness and enter to win a 16GB mini tablet?! All you have to do is tell us below one or more of your best tips, and you’ll be entered to win. It’s that easy — just like taking steps to conquer lateness (and late fees!) once and for all!

The Conquering Lateness Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open to legal US Residents, age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5pm (PST) on October 24, 2013. The Official Rules are available here. No purchase necessary.

Only two entries per participating blog per household; if the same or substantially similar comment (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) is posted twice, it may only count as one Entry. Eligible persons may enter this Promotion by taking any of the following actions, each of which counts as one entry:

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3.     Blog about this Promotion (including a disclosure that you have received a sweepstakes entry in exchange for blogging about this Promotion), and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post.

4.     To enter without commenting, follow this link, and provide your email address and your response to the Promotion prompt.

Be sure to visit the Citi brand page on where you can learn more about conquering lateness!

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107 thoughts on “AWESOME GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a 16GB Mini Tablet & Conquer Lateness This Fall!

  1. For almost 32 years, I have been chronically late to almost everything!! And I hate that habit! I am rarely late for work meetings, but getting out the door, getting to a dinner, outing, etc? Always 15 minutes late! To avoid the mad dash out the door, I plan on being ready to head out 15 minutes earlier than necessary…. And then I actually leave at the necessary time. Sigh. Also, laying out clothes in advance, calculating driving routes and packaging meals the night before help me stay focused on leaving without too much rushing around.

  2. I pack my work bag and make sure everything (including car keys) is in my bag the night before. Also gas! don't wait till morning to hit the pump if your crunched for time.

    Thanks for the chance!

  3. Well, I am rarely late for anything. If I am, it is because of very bad traffic and not because I leave the house too late. Just have to make sure to leave plenty of time for driving.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  4. There's nothing more I hate than being late! I always give myself an extra fifteen minutes on my alarm to include snooze time. My tip? Set your alarm earlier and live by it.

  5. My tip: set the clock in your car 5 minutes ahead. Given that traffic is out of our hands, those 5 minutes have covered any number of red lights and unknown reasons that traffic moved at a crawl. All other clocks are set to the correct time and I do my best to 'forget' that I have that 5 min cushion in the car. People drive like idiots and I suspect that most are trying to get to an appointment on time.

  6. My best tip for conquering lateness is preparing things the night before if you can! I lay out clothes, make lunches and even lay out my children's breakfast bowls and spoons! For appointments I have a planner and always try to arrive 30 minutes early so if something happens like traffic I generally arrive on time!

  7. Hard boil a bunch of eggs over the weekend – then you can pack them in your lunch the night before and tnot only will you have your lunch made before morning, you'll also have a good source of protein for breakfast without carbs.

  8. I conquer lateness my using my phone alarm. I also have set ahead the clocks a couple of minutes so I can make sure my kids get to school with plenty of time to spare.

  9. I always set a reminder on my phone to pay each bill that is due. I set it about a week ahead of the date suggested to mail on the bill. I have only been late once in all my years of having credit cards.

  10. I combat lateness by setting my clock a few minutes fast so I don't leave late, plus I set at least three alarms on my phone to wake up on time in case one of my alarms doesn't go off since I am not a morning person.

  11. my tips for conquering lateness is set email reminders for myself on important events on my calender, dental appointments, dr check up, paying bills, or meeting a deadline, etc. it really helps.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  12. i get everything ready for the morning clothes the lunch packed and in fridge the backpacks ready and the oatmeal and bowls on table everything is in order to make sure the day goes smoothly

  13. I make a to-do list every day and check off everything I need to get done – the physical act of writing it down and checking the item off makes me feel like I've accomplished so much and allows me to keep adding on to the list so that I'm ahead of schedule!

  14. I put reminders on my phone one and two days ahead of time for events. I also leave the house 10 mins earlier than I should leave so that way in case I hit traffic or something comes up i'm still on time or early. My dad taught me it was always better to be early than late or on time!

  15. My tip that I've always done, is set my clocks about 5 minutes fast really helps!
    Plus, I like to prepare the night before!! It saves so much time, especially if you over-sleep ha

    Thanks for the chance to win also!!

  16. To conquer lateness I use a day planner and mark important events and due dates. This way I know what I have coming up, and plan accordingly.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  17. My best strategy to conquer lateness is to follow the "do it now" philosophy – if it can be done now, do it rather than put it off until later. Whether it's returning an email or programming a bill into online payments, this strategy will ensure that you are almost never late.

  18. Care! If I make a legitimate effort to put a positive attitude forward, I care more to do the right thing, regardless of my feelings about the other "party" involved. A large part of the white rabbit syndrome for me is doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing, and thus making positive and beneficial choices for myself.

  19. The main reason I sometimes have trouble being on time is finding my keys. I can't seem to leave them in the same place every time and if I fail to drop them in my purse I have to search for them. My solution was to have duplicate sets so I usually have at least 2 sets in my purse.

  20. I conquer lateness by marking the appointment time on my calendar 15 minutes earlier than the appointment and then I always give myself 15 minutes extra drive time. I would much rather be early than late. Late just makes me so stressed.

  21. I also like to get things ready the day before if possible. My husband's lunch, I pack it the night before. To help get the boys ready for school I get their clothes ready the night before. And I messed with my clocks so that I always think I'm late but I'm not lol

  22. I have a bro-n-law who is always late for everything and it has become a joke in the family but I find it sad. When you are late to things you are saying that everything is more important than where you are supposed to be. That hurts people and puts people out and is never OK. SO…that said, I am NEVER late for anything if I can help it. If I am late, it is due to something beyond my control like a traffic accident or whatever. I set alarms, I mark my calendar, I will even email myself reminders! Whatever it takes!

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