Snoozer or Loser?

A reader writes…

Dear, Anita,

I have been at my current job for about 6 months. I absolutely love working here and want to be the best employee for the company. As much as I try, I have trouble getting to work by 8:00 a.m., and my boss has pulled me aside to discuss the issue. I do not want to lose my job and disappoint my manager and the team. Please help!!

Dear, Sleepy,

Getting yourself moving in the morning can be a difficult task for the non-morning types. It is far too easy to reach over and snooze your alarm 4 times or to stand in the shower for an extra 10 minutes while you wake up. These and other time-takers can cause serious delays. It is very important that if you are required to be at work by 8 a.m., that you are. In fact, I’d say it’s important that you be at your desk ready to work by 8 am; nothing impresses a manager more than someone who’s reliable and eager! Punctuality and time management are ranked very highly by employers and your peers.

Before we get started, I want to hear from you!

So what are some tips to stop sneaking into the office 10-15 minutes late? Here are a few that I have found helpful in the past.

Prepare at Night for the Day Ahead

Before you settle down for the evening, make plans to organize a few things for the next day. If you bring a lunch to work, go ahead and get it ready for the quick grab-and-go on your way out for the day. Check the weather and select the clothing that you want to wear the next day. Have your shoes and jacket by the door, along with your car keys and briefcase/purse, so you won’t be searching frantically for them when the morning minutes begin to disappear. If you can, shower at night to save yourself about 10-20 minutes for other things that may come up.

Set an Alarm or Two

It is sometimes as difficult as raising the dead to get out of bed in the morning.  Sometimes, the only thing that would get us out a slumber would be an atomic bomb or the smell of crackling bacon and fresh chocolate donuts. Do yourself a favor and set two alarms. Just in case the first one fails (or you subconsciously give it the silence smack), you will be sure to wake up.

Make and Maintain a Routine

If you make a plan for your pre-work mornings, you are more apt to anticipate and adapt to changes and upsets that may occur. When a plan is place, you can be more certain that you are not forgetting your cell phone on the kitchen table, or to let the family dog back in the house, or leave with two different shoes on. The more established your routine is, the easier and quicker it will become second nature.Snooze

Be Aware of Other Routes to Work

We all know that accidents happen and hope that it isn’t while we’re on the way to work. Hitting traffic is a common occurrence with commuters but can happen unexpectedly and put a damper on your daily drive. If a traffic jam rears its ugly head, be prepared to take an alternative route to work. Navigate these roads and clock how long it takes you. One day, it maybe your saving grace between being on time and arriving past the opening bell.

Plan to be Ahead of Schedule

My final piece of advice is to always plan your morning schedule around arriving at work 15 minutes before you are supposed to be there. If you need to be at your office by 8, plan your morning around being there at 7:45. It will make your morning less hectic, and if you have some time to spare, you can enjoy a cup of coffee at your desk or take some time to unwind before the day gets moving.

A Few Additional Tips

If you just can’t get the above changes going, trick yourself by setting your clocks ahead 15 minutes.

Also, if you are going to be late, let your boss know rather than trying to sneak in behind his or her back. Trust me, bosses know when you’re not there on time – and if you lie about being on time or try to hide your lateness (or worse – give a different excuse every day), it just makes matters worse.

Readers – What do you do to streamline your morning routines? I’d love to hear about them!



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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hustlenovice
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 04:06:21

    Reblogged this on Hustlenovice's Blog.



  2. Lulu
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 23:30:57

    You are a lazy person that needs to understand your job responsibilities. This could be rude, but it’s true.



  3. Thomas Van Cleave
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 13:59:29

    I put the alarm clock in a different room so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.



  4. Barbara Becchino
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 08:12:24

    I have not been contacted for a job.   I’m not a snoozer…..My resume has been submitted a while ago.   No response.



  5. misscorrigan
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 22:36:19

    Do something you love to do in the morning so you will want to get up and do it. I know this means you have to get up even earlier, but it will be worth it, your schedule will adjust.



  6. adrivebyposter
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 20:21:37

    Get to bed earlier! If you fall asleep earlier, you won’t feel as tired the next morning. This might also involve getting yourself trained to go to bed earlier



  7. kevin
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 16:10:02

    Wow… try having to be at 5:30 .



  8. tweetyheartchina
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 08:30:24

    It is true planning ahead will help you accomplish your goal to get to work on time. It is good to back your clock 15 minutes and plan to get to work 15 minutes early. That way you will always be on time. If you leave work at 5p.m. or 5:30p.m. plan to take a walk after work, go home, talk to your husband, prepare for the next day, and go to bed early. if possible after 6 months of working for the company, plan for a mini vacation to recharge your batteries. You work hard and you deserve time for yourself.



    Aug 14, 2012 @ 08:29:17




  10. Kayla
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 08:26:21

    It is true. If you plan your day ahead, you will feel less stress during the course of the day. If possible, when you feel tired because you worked until 5p.m. or 5:30p.m. take a walk, go home have dinner, talk with your husband, and go to bed early. After 6 months, plan a mini vacation so you will not be stressed out.



  11. pravinchn
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 08:11:27

    Reblogged this on pravinchn.



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