We all notice the people who are always late. There’s no hiding it when a task is completed after a deadline or when the same person arrives late for meetings every day.
What are the benefits to consistently being punctual and delivering work on time? You may not know it, but the fact is that being early actually saves time and energy– here’s why…
Being Early For Work...
- Reduces Stress
The #1 benefit of getting to work 10 or 15 minutes early is that it sets the tone for the rest of your workday.
Getting to work early gives you time to regroup after your journey, have a cup of coffee, and be ready at your desk as everyone else arrives in a panic at 8 am.
Arriving to work at the moment you have to start can give you an extra stress that lasts all day, so you spend all day feeling like you’re behind and getting very little work done; the value of being calm and organized at the start of your day is unrivaled.
- Gives You a Buffer
Planning to get to work early will give you an important buffer zone against unexpected issues. For example, if you’re waking up a few minutes early so you can be at work a few minutes early, you’re less likely to miss your alarm and oversleep.
- Gets You Noticed
Another benefit of being early for work is that it will be noticed. If you are consistently arriving to work before the other employees each day, your boss will notice. (They also notice when you’re late consistently.)
Getting to work early sets an example for your staff. It shows them that you’re committed to being successful and set the same expectations for them as you do for yourself, a fact that your staff will respect.
What time did you get to work today? Were you early? Late? On time? I’d like to challenge you to get to work 20 minutes earlier tomorrow than you did today. Chances are you are going to have a better day tomorrow than you did today because you’re starting your day off stress-free, relaxed, and with time to spare.