If you stay ready, you will never have to get ready! While that is true, it’s probably the most difficult to live by.
With the kids back in school, and the fall holiday season around the corner, this makes getting out the door a challenge for some of us.
Whether we find ourselves sleepy, the car won’t start, kids won’t cooperate, there is always something that delays us. And when arriving late becomes the norm, it’s time for us to change our habits.
There will always be emergencies that can cause a delay. However, 9 times out of 10 we are the delay. But don’t let that fact discourage you. When we recognize something needs to change, that’s the first step to change. So here are 3 things, we do to make our mornings go smoother that allows us to leave on time.
1. Prepare The Night Before.
This is so simple but few actually do it. If you’re one who’s always running late, purpose to take the time to iron your clothes, prepare lunches, and set your alarm clock the night before.
This preparation really only takes less than 30 minutes. We are told in 1 Corinthians 14:40 (KJV); Let all things be done decently and in order.
So, taking the time to prepare the night before is honoring before God!
Since we’re talking about preparation, it would be a good idea to get gas before you need it. Why not get it on your way home from work instead of on your way to work, which can possibly cause you to run late.
When we taught our son how to drive the first thing we told him was; don’t let your car dictate your schedule. If you wait until the last minute to get gas, chances are, you will end up getting gas on your way to a meeting and show up late.
So, what do you have to lose? Try it. You might be surprised how much more peaceful your mornings will be.
2. Set Your Alarm Clock 15 Minutes Earlier.
Since you are setting your alarm clock the night before, purpose to set it 15 minutes earlier.
We know everybody does this and hit the snooze about 5 times before actually getting up. If that’s you, then set your clock 30 minutes earlier, and purpose to get up at least 15 minutes before you normally get ready. Why do we suggest this?
The reason most people are late, is because they don’t allow time for delays. They don’t anticipate coffee spilling on their shirt, and now they need an extra 5 minutes to change. They don’t anticipate traffic causing them to run 10 minutes late.
Have you heard the saying; most people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan? Well, this is true for why most people run late. They don’t plan ahead.
Planning ahead doesn’t mean you’re not the type to be spontaneous. However, it will bring you peace and order.
3. Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Distracted While You’re Getting Ready.
It’s important to establish a morning routine. We like to get up and pray. Read our Bible. Exercise. Eat and then get dressed. Now that routine may not work for most people. However, whatever your routine is, be sure to stick to it.
When we wake up to check social media, instead of going to the throne; we put ourselves in a position to be distracted.
We get caught up in what we see. What we want to take the time to comment on a post. Before we know it, we’ve spent 20 minutes on social media. As a result, we’ve skipped prayer and running late.
Now don’t get us wrong, you may not be able to keep our morning routine, but it’s important to keep your routine. When you allow yourself to be distracted, it will keep you from being productive, staying on task, and prevent you from arriving somewhere on time.
When getting ready to leave in the morning, it’s not the time to have long phone conversations, and engage in social media. There is a time for those things.
When we’ve done all these things; prepared the night before, woke up a few minutes early, and avoided distractions, we will not only arrive on time, we may even arrive early. And when that happens, we will have a few minutes to return phone calls or check social media.
We’ve mentioned many times before, about our family calendar. That calendar is what helps us stay on track in so many areas.
It helps us avoid overcommitting ourselves; it helps us to prioritize our time with what’s most important, and it helps us to prepare the night before. By looking at what the next day looks like, it helps us determine our evening preparation.
Being late is not something you want to be known for. And while you may not always be able to stay ready, you can take the time to prepare, which is the very key to our success!
“Success is met when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Zig Ziglar
~ André and Timberley Gray