Getting in trouble at work because you're usually late? Is it true that no matter how many times you vow to be more punctual, you never seem to succeed? You may want to begin taking little measures to help you attain this goal.

So, how do you deal with being late or tardy? Here are 7 tips to help you get out of the habit of being late and start being on time.

  • Self-Discipline Is the Foundation.

Punctuality necessitates self-control, which you must develop. That implies you need to begin by establishing a habit of waking up early on a regular basis. You must have a strong desire to keep going in order to achieve this goal, much like working out in the gym.

  • Go to Bed Early.

Sleeping is one of the most common causes of tardiness. Because your body requires a good night's sleep to recharge for the next day, it's difficult to get out of bed if you've only had a few hours of sleep. As a result, if you want to get up early, you'll have to go to bed early.

  • Assemble your belongings the night before you want to retire.

Before you go to sleep, make sure you have your uniform ready, as well as any other items you'll need for the day. As a result, you'll be able to get up earlier in the morning and spend less time cramming.

  • Arrive At Least 30 Minutes Prior To Your Shift.

You should also make it a point to arrive early for your shift as a good habit. Keeping this in mind, it's always best to aim to arrive early instead of being late.

  • Set A Goal For Yourself And A Reward For Achieving It.

Another technique to get yourself to work on being more on time is to promise yourself something in return. For instance, you can set a goal of being on time for seven consecutive days. If you can do this, then you can finally applaud yourself…

  • Find Someone Who Will Hold You Accountable.

Regular monitoring of your progress by a third party can encourage you to take your goal of reducing tardiness more seriously. It's ideal if you can identify someone who has faced and overcome a similar challenge in the past. You can learn from the person's successful techniques and be inspired to keep trying even when you're ready to give up.

  • Procrastination is Dangerous.

One of the most common causes of being late is procrastination. Laziness breeds laziness, and laziness breeds laziness. First, if you're battling with this, you must overcome it before you can successfully overcome tardiness.


Many people have difficulty with making it to their shift early. However, nothing is insurmountable if you have the appropriate attitude, are willing to put up the effort, and have self-control. You simply need to be persistent in your pursuit of this objective until it becomes second nature to you.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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