Many leaders routinely run late—Barack Obama was notorious for it. Given their never-ending to-do lists, entrepreneurs may be particularly susceptible to tardiness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to show up on time, every time.

(Illustrations: Graham Roumieu)

Sleep on time to get places on time

Step 1: Get to bed on time. If you sleep through your first meeting, you’ll run behind all day

Reduce your to-do list to get places on time

Step 2: Cut your to-do list. An overscheduled agenda is the enemy of punctuality

Build buffers into your commute to get places on time

Step 3: Build a 50% time buffer into your travels. Assume a 30-minute commute will take 45

Set your watch fast to get places on time

Step 4: Set your watch 15 minutes fast. It’ll trigger just enough panic to quash any dawdling

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