Lindsay Gill: It's better to be late than to arrive ugly.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's better to be late than to arrive ugly.

"It's better to be late than to arrive ugly," says Darcy Gilmore, make-up artist.  But what if we're arriving to work late and ugly!?

This morning I was running late to work, (I thought my start time was 15 minutes later than it actually was).  That was no problem because my co-worker graciously was able to come in a few minutes early to cover for me.  This was all until I realized I forgot Luke's milk at home!  I hate being late!  It gives me quite a bit of anxiety.  This morning inspired me to work on planning my mornings better.  Here's what I found:

1.  Do the obvious:  pack lunches and bags the night before.  Lay out clothes. Empty out school bags from school to make sure there is no paperwork to fill out.  (You have double the amount of school backpacks when your husband is a teacher!  This blog is packed with organizing ideas!

2.  I have a small white board that I plan to hang right next to the door.  This way, we can write important notes for ourselves or each other.  For example, "DON'T FORGET LUKE'S MILK!"  I find I can sleep better, too, knowing that I've written down what I need to do in the morning.  This is also nice since my husband and I are leaving at different times, we can write each other notes for a seamless morning.

3.  Leave enough travel time.  Leave time for traffic or inclement weather.  For some reason, I always tend to leave just enough time to drive to work.  If there is traffic, my heart races in fear that I won't be in time.  Leaving about 10 minutes earlier than usual is so worth it.  That gives you about 10 minutes to either sit in the car and collect your thoughts, or get into the office and start the day peacefully.  If you look around at other commuters, so many people are getting road rage and are drinking their coffee ferociously.  Let's try a different approach to the morning.

4.  Set your clocks a few minutes ahead of time.

5.  One expert here (  suggests that you seriously consider what you need to do and the time it takes you to do it.  I know I have a false sense of how long it takes to get Luke ready, especially since I don't want to rush him with his bottle.

Of course there will be days where things don't line up and you might be late anyway, like this morning.  In this case, I made the appropriate calls to work and then just took a few deep breaths.  I truly believe many things happen for a reason.  Maybe I avoided a crash or saw someone I wouldn't have otherwise seen.  Try to keep perspective on things and use the time to make a list of everything you're thankful for, including the co-workers who have to make arrangements while you're on your way!

And if all else fails...

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