We live on GMT, and I don’t mean Greenwich Mean Time, I mean Ghana Mean Time, which is at least an hour later than regular GMT. It’s a sad fact of our culture that lateness is accepted to the point that many times we won’t even start getting ready to leave until we were supposed to be there.
When it comes to work, though, especially, our bosses may not be as accommodating, Ghanaian though they may be. After all, for them, time is productivity, which means time is money.
Knowing they expect you to be on time and may penalize you or even fire you for recurring lateness, especially when you’re not used to being on time and you have to deal with major traffic to get there, can cause a tremendous amount of stress in your life.
The way to reduce this stress is easier than you might think, though it necessitates changing the way you look at time.
All you have to do is leave the house plenty early so that even if you hit the worst traffic on your way, you’ll still arrive to work on time. At least nine times out of ten you won’t hit the worst traffic, so you’ll get there early. The point is, you don’t have to stress throughout the drive if you’ve left in plenty of time.
To get out the door earlier, you need to first turn back the alarm clock. Then, lay out what you’re going to wear to work the next day. Get all your papers, lunch, and whatever else you need to take with you together the night before so you don’t have to spend any time on that in the morning.
As soon as the alarm clock goes off in the morning and you get out of your bed, the race against the clock is on. And in that race, every minute, therefore every second counts. Saving yourself two or three minutes here and there may not seem like much, but how many times have you gotten to work five or ten minutes late and you wished you had done one or two things differently that would have given you the time you needed?
Do those things the night before. Give yourself every advantage. And make sure you leave when you want to, which again is plenty early so traffic isn’t something you need to stress about. To leave early like that you need to change your thoughts, because in the back of your mind you will always tell yourself you have more time than you actually do. Set your mental clock thirty minutes or more ahead, and think about the time you tell yourself you need to leave to be early as the time you need to leave so as not to be late.
If you can get ready with a sense of urgency, as if your early departure is the cutoff before you end up late, you’ll find yourself leaving early on time more often than not, and when you do, you can get in the car, cab or trotro and relax, because you’re going to be on time. And that is going to look good for you. It very well might even be the difference in you getting a promotion over one of your colleagues. And more money will reduce your stress in other areas of your life!