Consistent lateness is a flaw that everyone wants to avoid, especially when it comes to getting to work. It shows your boss that you are disorganized, bad at timekeeping and that you don’t care enough about your career to show up when you are meant to be there.
Unfortunately, some people struggle to get to work on time even if they truly want to. This could be caused by multiple factors, including children, a bad sleeping pattern, heavy traffic in the area, or simply a disorganized mind. If you struggle with lateness, here is how you can make a change and always be on time for work.
Ensure Your Drive is Clear
The first step is to ensure it’s as easy as possible to get there, and that includes clearing your drive in the morning. If you live in an area that has heavy snowfall, snow blowers will help you remove the snow much quicker than just shoveling would. You should also make sure it’s as easy as possible to get your car out of the garage, and if it takes more than five minutes to get the car out onto the road normally, be realistic with how much time you give yourself.
Check the Traffic
Heavy traffic is a reasonable excuse now and again, especially during out-of-the-ordinary bad weather or an accident on your usual route. If you use the excuse of heavy traffic too regularly, though, all you are saying is that you don’t accommodate for the ordinary traffic. As well as setting off earlier, you should also check the traffic before setting off. That way, you know which is the best route to take to ensure you don’t arrive late.
Go to Bed Early
One of the most common causes of lateness is sleeping in too late. Luckily, there is a simple way to avoid this – going to bed earlier. Of course, this is much easier said than done, and it might take a while to get into the swing of your new routine. It’s worth it, though. Just imagine waking up every day feeling fully rested!
Forget the Snooze Button
The snooze button often does more damage than good. By using it even once, you’re telling your mind and body that your alarm doesn’t mean you have to wake up. Instead, forget the snooze button altogether and use one alarm that you cannot miss. It might sound extreme, but it will ensure you don’t keep hitting the snooze button. If you’re worried about potentially missing the first alarm, you can always set an emergency second one – but don’t rely on it!
Choose Your Outfit the Night Before
For chronic lateness, you should make the morning as easy as possible, and a great way of doing this is planning your outfit the night before. That way, you can get dressed without even thinking about it, shaving off those crucial minutes in the morning.
By incorporating these habits into your routine, you will soon lose the reputation of always being the latecomer.