Late lady learns her lessons

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Mike Heine
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
— Delavan’s Joey Torkelson was always late.

She constantly was dropping off her kids late for school.

She couldn’t get her youngest daughter to her physical therapy sessions on time.

She was even late to her father’s wake.

“If I could change my ways of being late, of course I would,” she said on Monday’s Rachael Ray Show on CBS. “I’ve been late forever and a day, and it is the only way I know.”

Ray and her staff gave Torkelson a “late intervention” to help with her time miscues.

A time management specialist is working with Torkelson, a 40-year-old mother of four, to better manage her schedule and get her life in order.

The specialist, Julie Morganstern, gave four time-saver tips:

-- Delete unnecessary things out of your day.

-- Delay things and reschedule after pressing matters are done.

-- Diminish time spent on menial tasks.

-- Delegate responsibilities to others if possible.

Torkelson is also to fine herself as a penalty for every minute she’s late and reward herself for being early, Morganstern said.

The intervention, so far, has worked.

“It’s been wonderful,” Joey’s husband, Tim Torkelson, said on the show, taped a few days after camera crews followed Joey around for a hectic day.

The family has dinner earlier; there was time to play games with their four kids before getting them to bed at a reasonable hour, and the couple had some “alone time,” Tim said.

In the two months after the taping, Joey said things still are going great. Her kids are on time to school, and her daughter gets the full benefit of every physical therapy session.

Joey had been late to just about everything for as long as she can remember.

“I don’t have a perception of time. That’s one of my problems,” she said. “I think everything takes 10 minutes. You go to the dry cleaner, it takes 10 minutes. You go to the grocery store, it takes 10 minutes.”

Following the tips from the expert, Joey is finding herself arriving early and not worrying about excuses to give a traffic cop if she is pulled over for speeding.

“The best tip was being realistic as to how long things take,” she said. “I’m saying to myself that it’s OK to arrive early to an event. It’s not wasted time.

“Those of us that are (chronically) late have a misconception that if we arrive early we should have accomplished one more thing at home. That’s not really feasible.”

Last updated: 9:48 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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