Many of us live our lives constantly playing "catch-up"--waiting for the dwindling hours to finish an assignment, running late for a meeting while sitting helplessly in stagnate traffic, etc.
Running behind is stressful, yet many people frequently put themselves in these scenarios. That said, avoiding playing catch-up is more than just being punctual. Consider the timeless game of chess. Locked in an epic battle of wits, it is not uncommon for grandmasters of chess to be thinking fifteen moves ahead in their minds. When was the last time you were fifteen moves ahead of anything?
Proper preparation is essential for quality performance. This doesn't mean you have to show up thirty minutes early to your next meeting, but maybe take five minutes at the beginning of your day to "plan ahead". Mentally walk through your schedule of where and when you have to be somewhere. These five minutes may end up saving you from sitting in tedious traffic, not to mention, the stress of running behind.