Taking Control of Your Commute

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You roll over and look at the clock. “Oh no, that can’t be the time!” Going to be late again. Sound familiar? Of course it does! We’ve all been there at least once.

According to Forbes, during their working years an average of 1 and 5 people (19 percent) will be late to work at least once a week. While ONLY 48 percent of people will always be on time. Stress, too much REM sleep, not enough REM sleep, car trouble – they can all be contributing factors, but ultimately, the real reason you’re late to work is you.

It’s time to stop making excuses, and do some small things to ensure you are always on time. Here are some helpful tips to help you manage it.

Your Friendly Morning Wake Up Call

Don’t put the alarm clock, cell phone, or radio where you can reach it. Put it on the other side of the room so you have to physically get out of bed to shut it off. This little stroll will help you to begin a mental debate with yourself about returning to bed; making it much harder to ignore the facts and timetables with your brain flooded with so much common sense.

According to a 2012 study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, people who wake up early are scientifically proven to be higher in positive affect than others.

Controlling Your Commute

Know your schedule. Know your routes. Never, ever rely on the optimal efficiencies of your go-to public transit system (especially in bad weather). Doing so will only make you tardy work every time.

Map everything out to the minute, to the mile. If you know a highway lane is faster than the other, make a habit of using it! Measure the difference. Repeat. Find a morning talk show to take your mind off of the traffic. Most importantly, have a back-up plan just in case plan A doesn’t work out.  

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