If you ever have a hard time getting to work on time, or always seem to be late to events or parties, you may want to make yourself one of these...

It's a "Late Jar."

Just like how you put money in a "swear jar" every time you cuss, you have to put money in your "late jar," every time you're late. For this week's "98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn" video, we created a late jar and tested it out. We found there are a few rules you'll need to follow if you want the "late jar" to actually work.

First off, you'll have to set a specific amount. And because we're talking about time and one day you could be late by five minutes while another day you're late by one, you should make the "payment" based on time, not just on the fact that you were late. In the video (at the top of this page), you'll see Naomi used a rate of 50-cents per minute.

Secondly, you have to hold yourself accountable. You MUST pay the jar, and you MUST pay the right amount each time.

And the last thing, probably most importantly (which Naomi explains in the video above), the money can't go back to you. It would be pointless. And it shouldn't go to a friend, a good cause, or anything like that either, otherwise being late isn't going to "hurt" as bad. Maybe give it to an enemy. Use the money to buy a nice gift for a coworker you can't stand.

So, give it a try. If you're always running late (or even later than you want to be), create a "late jar." Having to pay for being late may be just what you need to stop doing it.




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