Being late for work
Management consultant Diana DeLonzor, who has led studies on lateness, believes that to cut down on tardiness you have to first recognise why you are late – and act accordingly. If you are always trying to squeeze that extra chore in you need to relearn how to tell the time by keeping a task diary. For two weeks write do how long you think certain chores will take and then how long they actually took to retrain yourself into allowing a more realistic timetable for all your annoying admin.
To reinforce good new habits reward yourself for being early to an appointment by relaxing over a coffee with your favourite magazine (Psychologies, perhaps?)
Although these practical steps can prove useful, Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before (Two Roads, £8.99) believes that ‘counterproductive behaviours like absenteeism’ happen when employees are simply unhappy – if you aren’t getting job satisfaction than you’re more than likely rolling up late because you resent being there. Rubin believes that happy employees out-perform their less happy peers, proving more accomplished at managerial tasks, leadership, team-working and problem-solving.
So if you’re persistently late for work, or unproductive when you eventually get there, perhaps consider it a subconscious sign that you might not be happy with your current career or life goals. You can begin to tackle this by taking a step back from your everyday routine before it even starts – consider beginning a morning journal, where you write down your thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness fashion as soon as you wake up.