If you consistently struggle to make it to work on time, I’m going to guess that your mornings aren’t very calm and peaceful. Work typically starts at the same time every day, and it’s also typically in the same location every day. That makes it a little easier to control your morning. My suggestion is this: decide what time you want to be at your work station, and work backwards from there, deciding how much time you need to do each task. In one of my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy, “Lucy’s Schedule,” Ricky makes Lucy do the same thing after her poor time management causes them to be an hour late for a dinner party with Ricky’s new boss.
Something like this:
- 8:30 At desk, ready to work
- 8:15 Walk in the door, put lunch in the fridge, get settled in office
- 8:10 Pull in office parking lot
- 7:45 Pull out of home driveway
- 7:40 Pour coffee, grab lunch from fridge
- 7:30 Get dressed
- 7:05 Hair and makeup
- 6:55 Dry hair
- 6:50 Start coffee, feed cats
- 6:35 Shower
- 6:30 Get out of bed
I know that’s pretty detailed, and you might laugh or think it’s ridiculous. But it works. It also takes work and discipline, which doesn’t magically appear in anyone. Try it and let me know how it works for you!
The other thing that makes this morning schedule work is having your clothes and lunch ready to go the night before. There’s no time in the schedule for making a salad or ironing pants. And hopefully you’ll come to the same conclusion Lucy did:
Do you have any tips for getting to work on time?