It happens to the best of us. It’s not that you don’t care about the appointments, or the people you’re meeting with. It’s not that you forgot about the meeting, either. But despite the best intentions, you just can’t get to where you need to be on time. You’ve tried building time into your calendar. You’ve tried moving your clocks a few minutes fast to create a buffer time. But none of it works.
When you’ve tried everything else, modern technology can help you. Check out these four apps to help you stick to your schedule better.
1. Leave Now
If you’ve ever gone “into the zone” working on something, only to realize you’re now running late for a meeting across town, you need this app.
Leave Now for iOS does just what it sounds like: tells you when it’s time to leave.
It syncs with your calendars and looks at real-time traffic info to send automated alerts when it’s time to head to your appointment. It works for any type of traveling professional, whether you’re a driver or pedestrian.
Plus, as a cool bonus feature, it helps you schedule your day by building travel buffers into your schedule.
If you’re always on the road, you may not even need a separate app to help you get to places on time. Chances are, you already use Waze for navigation, since it’s a great app all-around.
But did you know it also tells you when to get on the road? With the new Planned Trips feature that was released earlier this year, you can set a reminder for yourself. You can set it manually for important trips only, or sync it with your calendar for everything.
Moovit is like Waze but for public transportation. It crowdsources data to get insights into things only locals know about in hundreds of cities around the world. Things like the easiest transit route, station cleanliness, and arrival times and delay incidents.In a city where people largely rely on public transit—like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.—it’s a lifesaver, especially if you feel like you’ll never get used to the unpredictability of public transit.
And in addition to all these features to plan your route, you can also plan your trip with real-time arrival and departure times.
Sometimes your plans just won’t work out, and despite your best efforts, you’re running late. You left on time, but the subway is running late or you’re wearing bad shoes and can’t walk as fast as usual.
You need to know when to just give up and hail an Uber to get there on time.
I’ve tried most of the “ehail” apps available, and always go back to Uber for its convenience. It definitely has some of the best coverage in terms of locations and areas served. And while they take a lot of criticism for surge pricing, it does mean Uber is probably your best chance of getting a ride during rush hour or inclement weather.
How do you do it?
Have you figured out how to battle chronic lateness as well? Share your favorite apps and tools in the comments below.