Are you constantly late? Are you always rushing out the door? Is it a constant battle for you to get to work on time?
You don’t want to be late, everyone knows that, even your employer. But chronic lateness can get your fired! Being late now and then understandable, but if you’re always sneaking past the boss’s desk, then you’ll enjoy these tips to help you get to work on time!
10 Minutes Early
If you have to be at work at 9:00 every morning, try to be at your desk ten minutes earlier, at 8:50 a.m. If you have a dentist appointment scheduled for 5:45 in the afternoon, plan on getting there at 5:35. You’ll not only avoid being late, but you’ll also have an extra ten minutes to gather your thoughts before starting something new.
Being Early Means Just Being On Time
If you’re someone who struggles with chronic lateness, one of the biggest hurdles you’ll have to overcome is your own perception of being on time. By putting importance and value on arriving early, you’ll find it becomes much easier to stick to your schedule, and that means you’ll be on time.
Time How Long It Takes You To Do Things
Are you someone who thinks everything takes ten minutes? Try timing how long it actually takes you to do something. Android and iPhone both have free stopwatch apps you can use. Start timing yourself when you leave your house and then see how long it really takes you to get to work. You might surprise yourself. Your ‘ten-minute’ trip could really be taking fifteen or twenty minutes!
Before You Go To Bed
Taking a few minutes each night before you go to bed to put your clothing and lunch together. This is also an ideal time to pack your children’s lunches for the next day. By doing this, you’ll give yourself some time in the morning for things like eating your own breakfast. If you’re someone who’s always rushing out the front door, chances are you’ve had to skip the most important meal of the day too many times!
Expect The Unexpected
In an ideal world, subways and buses would always be on time, and rush hour traffic wouldn’t exist. A good way to do is to plan for your trip to take an extra 25% longer. Imagine it this way: If it typically takes an hour for your to drive to work each morning, give yourself one hour, and fifteen extra minutes. This way, if there is a delay on the road, you will still be on time.
Changing how we do things is never easy. When things get difficult, remember that old saying: first things are hard, then things are easy. With a little practice, you’ll get in the habit of being on time. And being late will become a thing of the past.