Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sorry I'm late ... I didn't want to come.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been late for everything! I'm talking school, work, parties, meetings anything and everything. It's not that I don't try to be on time, it just doesn't happen. It wasn't until surprisingly, I was on time for something and the person I was meeting was late did I realize how annoying this is. PSA: I'm sorry to all the friends that have had to wait 20 minutes for me to get anywhere!! Today I wanted to share 5 things that have helped me in my quest to stop being late all the dang time.

set alarms
I need to set several alarms to wake me up; snooze is definitely my best friend. But once I’m awake, I don’t always hop right out of bed. A couple months ago I started setting two alarms. One (or a couple around the same time) to actually wake me up and then a second 15-20 minutes later to actually get up. I’m sure I’m not the only one who's guilty of checking all of my social media while still laying in bed, so why not add it to my morning routine. This helps to have my instagram time not cut into time I need to be using to actually get ready. 

be realistic
I always tell myself things like “it takes me 10 minutes to get ready” “I can drive to work in 20 minutes” “showering will only take me 15 minutes” None of these are true. I’ve always underestimated how much time it truly takes me to accomplish something. Ever try to watch a half hour episode of something in 15 minutes?! Yup, that’s me! Once I came to terms with the fact that it normally takes me 30 minutes to drive to work, (looking at you traffic!) my drive was so much less stressful. Plan to be somewhere based on the ACTUAL time it takes you to get ready and get there, not how quick you think you can make it happen.

go to outfits
I’m never going to be one of those people who lays out my outfit the night before. As much as I try and be that kind of person, it’s never going to happen. However, I have several go to outfits for days that I am truly running late. It could be a simple black dress and statement necklace or my favorite denim and a graphic tee, something I know requires little work and will always make me feel great. These outfits allow me to stay in bed a little bit longer, and for that I am grateful. 8 AM is not the time to try on a new top and find shoes to match, NO THANK YOU. 

make a playlist
Making a playlist that I listen to every morning when I’m getting ready has actually been super helpful. It’s got some of my favorite jams to wake me up and start my day off right. I listen to it in the same order every morning, I know exactly what I should be doing when a specific song comes on. If I’m not finishing up my makeup by the time Florence and the Machine’s Third Eye comes on, I know I’m going to be late! It keeps me on track without me having to look at my phone and getting distracted by snapchat.

treat yo'self
Starbucks is crucial to me being able to function like a normal human being every morning, I know I’m not alone in this! It is usually the reason that I’m (even more)late everyday. When I was first trying to change my habit of being late, I decided that if I was not about to order 10 minutes before I had to be at work, I needed to skip it. This was honestly the motivation I needed. By telling myself if I was running late, I had to miss out on something that I look forward to daily, I knew I needed to leave my house a little earlier!

I hope these tips help you! I know getting out of this habit is hard, but trust me your friends and coworkers will thank you!

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1 comment:

  1. Great advice love!
    xx. The Coastal Confidence