Are you the last one into the office? If so, you probably feel like you need to be the last one out, too. If you’re tired of late nights at work and the vicious circle of being exhausted and not getting to work on time again in the morning, there’s no time like the present to break free. Not only are you generally sharper and more productive in the morning—and you know it, because we all feel the post-lunch slump—but there is a chance that your tardiness is bringing you all kinds of negative attention.
Even if your boss hasn’t specifically called you out on being late, punctuality is an age-old virtue and a sign of respect to your peers. William Shakespeare, master commenter on human nature remarked, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” Chances are, if you ask your co-workers, partners, family, and friends, they would agree. The time is now to start getting to work on time, and here are 12 punctuality tips.
1. You Snooze, You Lose
Hitting the snooze button is an inefficient practice, those extra eight minutes won’t make a dent in your sleep deprivation and they make getting to work on time that much harder. If you simply can’t get out of bed without a snooze bar battle, then set your alarm clock 20 minutes fast in order to create a buffer against snoozing and snoozing malfunctions.