October 27, 2020

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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About The Author

José Albino, M.A.

José is the Executive Director of GRIOT Circle, the only staffed non-profit organization in the country that provides social services to LGBTQ elders of color. José is a Certified Life and Empowerment Coach and a trained psychotherapist. As his writing angles are diverse, he often writes about personal development and growth. His most recent book, which he co-authored, The Happy Law Practice: Strategies to Build Business While Maintaining Peace of Mind, can be found on Amazon. José holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University at Albany, an MA in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Community Counseling from The George Washington University, an Advanced Certificate in Executive Leadership and Non Profit Management from NYU and received his Certification as a Professional Life Coach from The Institute from Professional Excellence in Coaching.

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