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How To Avoid Being Late For Work:
What if you were to take some time to really think about your commitments before you make them? If you’re accepting a job, you’re making a commitment. What is your commitment? And does it have anything to do with being there on time every day? I know. It depends on your job. And some are different than others.
Think about that commitment before you make it. If you’re not really willing to be on time to a job every day, why would you make that commitment in the first place? Oh, because I need the money. Yeah, right. I’ve heard that one a lot. Needing the money means that you need an upgrade in your life. Means that you probably need to make some commitments differently. Okay.
So, you make this commitment to take the job. Take your commitment seriously. Because either you’re going to keep your commitment or are you going to make up a story about that. Some stories are true, some stories are very compelling. I’m not arguing that. I’m just saying it’s a story.
Because if you didn’t keep your commitment, now you feel like you have to explain why you didn’t keep your commitment and that is a story. Even if it’s a true story, it’s still a story.
So, you might ask yourself beforehand what could I do to keep my commitment? What would it take? When you take the time to think, then you can actually start to plan for the incidentals. I mean, the stuff that could come up, right?
Let’s say that you’ve got an appointment. Also known as a commitment, right? Why would you make an appointment if you didn’t have a commitment to keep that appointment? You’ve got an appointment. It’s across town at 3 o’clock. It normally takes and as I emphasized normally because there’s no unforeseen things happening in a normal situation.
It normally takes you 15 minutes to travel from your office to that appointment across town. Or from your home to that commitment that you made on the other side of town. 15 minutes. Think that through for a minute. What is that 15 minutes include? This it include walking from the room you’re in right now out to your vehicle. Or to the bus stop or to the train station.
Does it include that time? Does it include the time getting off the train and walking into the office? Does it include the time parking your car and moving your body from the car to the place where you’ve made the commitment?
I’m being painfully detailed about this because we don’t always think about those things. “Yeah, it’ll take me 15 minutes to get there.” What do you mean?
Now, plan for the incidentals. What if there’s a lot of traffic? Well, that’s going to slow you down, right? What if you have to stop and make a run and errand on the way? Okay, that’s fine. Plan for it. And then you plan backwards and work toward it.
People are late for work not because they can’t make it on time. It’s because they fail to plan to make it on time. I’m talking pretty directly with you because I think you can handle this. If you’re having a hard time being late, people will start to doubt your commitment. And that’s not who you are is it? Plan for the incidentals. Now, let’s tie this into who you really are and what your ultimate commitment is.
If you have a job and you’re going to work every day and you’re on time every day, what are you showing up for? Here’s the last tip that I want to give you. Create more value than you consume. Make that commitment somewhere in your heart and mind to always create more value than you consume.
Honestly, when I hire people, that’s the first thing on my job description. When I’m looking for someone to fill a position, it’s actually written in. Create more value than you consume. That’s the only way it makes economic sense for me. Otherwise, you are consuming more value than you produce.
You’ve heard the term “You suck”? No, that’s what it means. Because you suck resources. You’re consuming more than you produce. If you show up late for work, you are consuming that company’s resources.
To produce more than you consume means that you make that commitment in your heart and mind and it shows up everywhere. Including showing up on time.
Let’s keep our commitments. Would you commit to do that?
2. Prepare as much for the workday as you can in advance
Some of us move slowly in the morning, both physically and mentally, and that can contribute to chronic lateness. To remedy that, do as many tasks as you can the night before to avoid having them take up time in the morning. For example, lay out your clothing so you wake up knowing what you’ll wear to the office, and prepack your lunch so that all you need to do is grab it from the fridge and run out the door.
Tips for Giving Excuses When Youre Running Late
If you have run out of excuses, think twice before you decide to get creative. Keep in mind the following advice about giving excuses for missing work:
Let your boss know ASAP: If you know in advance that you will need to take a personal day, let your boss know in person or via email as soon as possible. If it is a last-minute decision, contact your boss as early in the morning as you can. If possible, offer to come in early or stay late to make up for some of the hours lost.
Be (mostly) honest: There is a good chance that a bald-faced lie to your supervisor, colleagues, or clients will come back to bite you. It’s not always easy to remember what you said to whom, and getting caught in a lie is not good for job security. Some employers also follow up with employees to see whether they are lying. Therefore, if you can, be honest about why you are missing work or coming in late.
Don’t overshare: An overly detailed excuse might sound fake, even if it isn’t. And if you are missing work for a reason you cannot share with your boss—for example, if you are interviewing for another job—you can keep the interview secret without lying. A simple excuse – for example, saying you have an appointment (which you do!) – will be honest without raising questions.
While honesty is often the best policy, always keep your excuse simple, and don’t go into detail.
Use excuses sparingly: Things happen that are out of our control—we get sick, we get a flat tire, our child’s school cancels. However, try your best to excuse yourself from work only when absolutely necessary—otherwise, your employer and co-workers may consider you unreliable.
Be thoughtful about when you skip work: If it is at all in your control to select when you skip work – such as when you have a doctor’s appointment—try to plan a time when your absence will not be so perceptible.
You might try to make the appointment at the beginning of the day, or toward the end of the day, so you are still at work for a solid few hours. If you need to leave early, here are some excuses to use—and not to use. Whenever possible, try to come in early or stay late to make up for the lost time.