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What to Do When You're Running Late

Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 5:34PM

What to Do When You're Running Late

If oversleeping and speeding out the door ten minutes late is becoming too much of an everyday occurrence for you, you may be wondering—how can I start getting there on time?

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to improve your morning routine and get out the door a little faster—in fact, the only thing you can’t (or shouldn’t) do is make up for lost time by speeding through the streets!

See our ideas below to enjoy a timely commute, every time.

Prepare the night before

We all know the benefits of preparing for work the night before by packing lunch, laying out an outfit, and—when possible—getting plenty of sleep. But don’t forget to prepare your car, too! You can cut down on the morning rush by bringing items you know you’ll need (like dry snacks, for example, or a work notebook) into your car ahead of time. Even if you get a late start in the morning, you will be able to get out the door faster thanks to this simple step (and with less chance of forgetting an important item!).

Rethink your morning alarm

If you run late due to oversleeping (or pressing “snooze” one too many times), you can make your routine more foolproof by keeping your alarm clock out of arm’s reach. This will force you to get up and out of bed to turn it off, decreasing the chance of you falling right back asleep.

While you’re at it, try reconsidering your morning time schedule. It might seem obvious, but you might get so used to your wake-up and departure times that you forget to try more optimal options (like leaving five or ten minutes earlier).

Listen for traffic updates before you leave

Don’t let surprises on the road keep you from arriving on time. Listen to your local traffic news before you even leave the house so that you can know what to expect and find an alternate route, if needed.

Drive safely

While it’s important to drive safely every time you drive, it’s worth remembering when you run late. Traffic, oversleeping, and other circumstances may keep you from getting to your destination on time, but it’s never worth speeding or driving unsafely to get there faster.

By following these tips, you should be able to enjoy a less hurried morning routine—without ever having to speed or miss your surroundings on the road.

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