Assess Your Values
You’ve heard of or said the phrase “don’t waste my time.” There is nothing more disrespectful and unprofessional than infringing on someone else’s time, especially in the workplace. Ask yourself what your core values are. Loyalty? Integrity? Respect? Accountability? Periodically (re)assessing your core values will provide greater causation around your behaviors.
Plan, Plan, Plan
If your lateness is chronic, then it is now a decision. To counterbalance you simply need to plan. If you’re constantly late to work, then iron your clothes for the week, prep your gym clothes/bag and pre cook your lunches and freeze them on Sunday evenings. Set two alarm clocks – your TV and your phone. Whatever works for you. Those that fail to plan, plan to fail.
When you constantly lean on CPT to justify your inconsideration, what you are essentially saying is that the other person(s) time is less valuable than yours. While your crew may be more accepting, your boss or team may disagree. Be intentional about being punctual or you may have more time than you will ever need – on the unemployment line.