I've struggled with this one. I have been that person who is chronically late... who says that she will call or email and then never does... who makes plans, and then flakes out on them. Who commits to something (say, a blog post a day), and then sometimes falls short. I am happy to say, however, that it's getting better.
I think a large part of that is because I started thinking of:
- what this habit said about me
- how this habit affected other people
- how this habit affected me, and
- why I was behaving this way.
- I think about my time commitments and keep a detailed calendar. I check it frequently, usually the first thing of the day.
- If I'm not sure I can do something, I don't commit with a 'yes'.
- I try to build in travel time.
- Do I need to send a email? Call someone? Do something? I write it down, or better, put it on the calendar, because I'm much more likely to get it done that way.
- I ask myself: "Who is going to be waiting for me if I don't follow through? What affect will this have on them?"
- I ask: "What affect will this delay/change have on my own work? What can I not get done, because I'm failing to do ____?"
- If I do encounter an Unforseeable Circumstance.... I call, asap.
- Checklists/ To Do lists are now my friends.