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How to Quit Being Late for Work

Really? Again? That’s the third time this week. You’ve got to figure out how to quit being late for work. No more excuses, because here are some tips on how you’re going to make it happen.

Image of a man leaving his house after he learned how to quit being late for work

How often do you find yourself rushing out the door, tapping nervously on your steering wheel and running in through the front door to your office gasping for breath? You look at the clock and you’re still five minutes late! Being late happens to all of us, but if you’re noticing a continuing trend bordering on the line of a chronic tendency to be late then perhaps it is time to make a few changes and learn how to quit being late for work.

First, it is important to pinpoint the root of the issue. For many people, the problem can be solved by simply waking up earlier. Those who are not morning people can hardly stand the thought of prying their eyelids open any earlier than they already do. But fear not! You can actually learn to become a morning person!

Do you intend to wake up earlier, but find yourself sleeping through your alarm or hitting snooze a dozen times? There are a couple simple fixes for those kind of issues. Go to bed earlier, set your phone to make you solve a little puzzle to turn off the alarm, or place your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Doing these will keep you from starting your day filled with frantic regret.

Some experts would also suggest an update in daily diet. Perhaps more vitamins can help you feel more energetic to actually get your day started on time. When you do wake up, try this: 5 Things Happy People Do Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning.

Perhaps you have no trouble getting out of bed in plenty of time. Maybe the snag is somewhere else in your morning routine. Does making breakfast take too long? Make it the night before so it’s ready to go when you are. Try these: Healthy Breakfast Ideas You Can Make the Night Before. Meal prep ahead of time so you can grab your lunch and go instead of fussing with it in the morning.

Are your kids slowing things down in one of their infinite ways to do so? Time to lay down the law on that front. Obviously, this is easier said than done, so you’re going to have to get creative.

Is your ride always late? It might be best to explore other options. It’s not worth losing your job or the respect of your coworkers just because your carpool buddy can’t get it together.

While we are on the topic of commuting, maybe it’s the terrible traffic that often pops up as the reason for your lateness. Learn your best commute route, and then the next few alternatives. If there is a bad accident, or a bus breaks down you’ll want to have a plan B and C to be sure you don’t end up late and take the fall.  Always expect the worst and leave early.

Speaking of leaving early, one of the best things to do when considering how to quit being late for work is to always plan on arriving early. If your shift really starts at 8:00, then pretend it starts at 7:45. Arriving early is actually a great move that will set you up for success the rest of the day. You’ll have a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee, check in on coworkers, or mentally prepare for the activities of the day. At the very least, you’ll have some buffer time just in case something goes awry along the way in the morning.

Being late certainly isn’t the end of the world, but it could mean disciplinary actions from your work and it’s just plain rude in almost any situation. Learning what’s best to help you become more punctual may help you improve your habits just in time. But in the end, if you just can’t figure out how to quit being late for work, hopefully you are in a position where you can just have the answering service handle calls until you make it in. :)

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About Dylan Snodgrass

Dylan is the Office Manager for Sound Telecom. He is responsible for providing excellent customer service for callers and clients while also taking care of the various needs around the Seattle headquarters. It is not uncommon to also find Dylan helping out with Human Resources, Accounting and Billing as necessary. Before joining the Sound Telecom team, Dylan worked with a large call center providing training for new agents. He also worked for a call center start-up for multiple years with duties ranging from Customer Service Representative to Team Lead Supervisor for a team of over twenty agents. When Dylan isn't helping manage the office, he is spending time enjoying video games, or playing board games with a local group in Seattle. The Emerald City always felt like home for Dylan while he was growing up an hour away in Bremerton, so when he finally moved over a year ago, he couldn't imagine living anywhere else!