This Sunday marks Daylight Savings Time. Clocks will spring ahead one hour, giving us extra daylight in the evenings, but making it a bit harder to get up as mornings stay darker a bit longer. We might be losing an hour, but it’s still possible for you to find the time to be punctual to work. How can you make sure you get to work on time?
- Set your alarm. Make sure your alarm’s on, and avoid hitting snooze in the morning. Sometimes it helps to put your alarm across the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
- Get plenty of sleep. You’re less likely to oversleep if you’re well rested. Try going to bed early, so you’re refreshed and ready to get up the next day.
- Run errands on the way home. Does your car need gas? Do you need groceries for lunch? Take care of it on the way home from work, not on the way to work. Having to do less in the morning will make it easier for you to get in on time.
- Plan your day in advance. Try to organize ahead of time. Pick out and iron your clothes the night before. Get your breakfast and lunch somewhat prepared, so you don’t have as many tasks to do when you get up.
- Keep the basics by the door. Have a place to put your keys, wallet, phone, and other essentials, so you don’t have to hunt for them as you’re rushing out in the morning.
- Shorten your routine. If you’re still having trouble being punctual, try taking things out of your morning schedule. For instance, instead of having your coffee at home, can you drink it at work?
- Be realistic. Do you give yourself an hour to get ready, but find you’re always late? Consider how long your morning routine actually takes, and adjust your schedule accordingly.
- Anticipate delays. Traffic, bad weather, spilled coffee—give yourself a few extra minutes each day for those delays you can’t always plan for.
- Have a backup plan. What if your car won’t start or your power goes out or something else goes wrong? Can you get a ride from a neighbor? Have a coworker pick you up? Try to have a Plan B for emergencies.
- Make it a habit. Once you get into a predictable routine, getting to work on time will become easier. Keep making changes in your schedule until you find what works best for you.
Remember to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday night!