OK, you knew dinner was firmly set for 7 p.m., but as long as one of you shows up on time, you’re fine, right? Wrong.

Here, nine ways to stop being late…for good.

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HAVE A DESIGNATED SPOT FOR YOUR KEYS

Put them there every single time so you don’t waste 11 minutes flipping over couch cushions to find them.

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TIME YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE

Ideally, this takes under 10 minutes. Set your iPhone timer, and when it goes off, that’s your cue to stop and move on with your morning.

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MAKE YOUR BREAKFAST AHEAD

Think mini muffin tin breakfast quiches. Mix 'em up on the weekend for a healthy grab 'n' go breakfast on the weekdays. Easy peasy.

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FOLLOW THE 40% RULE

Officially, it’s known as the buffer index, aka a calculation that says it will typically take you 40% longer than you think it will to get to your destination. So if you think you need 30 minutes, you probably actually need 42.

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KEEP TABS ON YOUR GAS TANK

Ugh, you forgot your gas tank was on E and you didn’t follow the 40% rule. More lateness. Make it a personal goal to never ever (ever) dip below a quarter tank.

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STOP GIVING YOUR EMAIL “ONE LAST CHECK”

Those unread notes from your boss will still be there when you arrive (on time) at your destination.

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SEND NON-URGENT CALLS TO VOICEMAIL

Nothing good can come from a phone call from your mom 30 seconds before you’re about to walk out the door. Send to voicemail (she’ll forgive you) and call her back.

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CARRY AN EARLY BIRD REWARD

Maybe it’s that page-turner book or a magazine you can’t put down. Or something lighter, like a new podcast. Train your brain: If you’re ahead of schedule, you’ll have 15 blissful minutes all to yourself.

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LAST RESORT: LEAVE YOUR PHONE AT HOME

You know how you’re always texting your pals to let them know you’re running late? Remove that option and you have to be on time.

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