Every successful and aspiring professional knows that one of the things an employer frowns upon is his employees arriving late for work. Sure, everyone can be late once in a while, whether the reason for tardiness is an illness, morning traffic jam, or simply a mismanagement of time. If being late for work, however, becomes a habitual pattern, an employer will, sooner or later, begin to question the integrity and dedication of a person who is constantly late. After all, if an employee is consistently late, is he or she really motivated enough to put in a productive day at the company?
Everyone, even those lucky enough to be working at their dream jobs, have days when they just want to sleep in for another hour instead of getting up and ready for work. Sometimes a late night celebration may interfere with getting a good night's sleep, and waking up slightly hung over from a night before is, surely, one of the last things anyone wants to experience. But, work is work and to get paid, one must need to put in those hours.
1. So, first and most obvious thing always first - try to get enough rest during the night. Most people agree that eight hours is enough to wake up feeling rejuvinated and reenergized. So plan your night accordingly - make sure you will have enough time to complete all the necessary daily tasks in the morning and have just enough time to get some sleep at night.
2. Make sure that you are not surrounded by distractions that might wake you up in the middle of a night, thus, interrupting your precious sleep. If you are a type of a person who needs to be hydrated throughout the night, keep a water bottle within a reach of your bed, so that if you wake up thirsty, a drink is always conveniently nearby and you can quickly get back to sleep.
3. Wake up early enough, so that you have time to take a shower, put on your clothes and eat a breakfast. Planning your morning routine in advance will keep you from going absolutely crazy the next day when you are getting ready for work. If you find yourself not being able to complete your morning tasks within the alotted amount of time, try waking up earlier to accommodate your pace.
4. Keep everything you need for work in one place, and prepare all the items you need the night before. For example, if you plan on dropping off some mail at a mailbox in the morning before work, place the mail right by your bag or purse. That way you can grab it and go, instead of frantically searching for all the needed things all over the place when you really need to be leaving for work.
5. Lay out your work clothes the night before work, so that the next morning you will have an outfit ready for you. Another added bonus to this process is that you will probably begin making better choices in your wardrobe. Everyone will agree that they have much clearer heads in the evening than they do ten minutes after waking up. Thus, with more time on his or her hands, one can color-coordinate, pick and choose items from their closet without feeling rushed.
6. Most of us wake up with the squealing sound of our alarm clocks, and most of us hit the snooze button to buy ourselves a few more minutes of rest before getting out of a bed. If you are one of these people, account those extra ten to fifteen minutes of snoozing into the preparation time in the morning. Many fall right back asleep after they hit the snooze button, so the waking up process begins all over again as the alarm clock rings again.
7. While coffee can hit you with a boost of much-needed energy early in the morning, it can also keep you up late at night. Thus, avoid having caffeinated drinks before bed. That includes not only coffee, but also many teas and carbonated beverages.
8. If you have a partner or a spouse, share your morning responsibilities, so that one of you doesn't have to do everything. Even if one of you wakes up earlier than the other, making a pot of coffee for two people instead of one is a great way to cut back on work preparation time for the other person. If one person has a better sense of fashion than the other, he or she can be in charge of getting work clothes ready. You get the idea.
One thing that all of the above points have in common is planning. You cannot treat your morning routine with a lack of care, unless you want to leave your house in a rush and with a headache every morning. If you carefully analyze your work-preparation patterns and then allow yourself enough time to get ready, rest assured, you will be able to get to work on time every time.