You may be one of those people who wake up just before you need to jump into your car and get to work. This is probably because you are tired, but you can run like a whirlwind through you house, trying to get your things together.
In order to get out of the house on time, you should employ a few simple strategies to this end. Here are ten of them:
1. Lay out your clothes
Organization starts with clothes. Pick out the clothes you are going to wear before you fall asleep so that you can jump into them as soon as the alarm goes off.
2. Keep essentials in the same place
If your stethoscope is in the dining room and your bag is in the laundry room and your work clothes in a laundry basket, you’re going to have a hard time getting together quickly. Choose a space, fill it with your stuff, and always put your essentials in that spot.
3. Use a multi-compartment bag
Bags that have a ton of pockets can help with organization. Fill it with everything you will need when you get to work, put it in its special spot, and snag it as you are running out the door.
4. Shower before you go to sleep
People have preferences for when they shower, but if you do it before you fall asleep, you will save time when you wake up. For those who feel slimy when they wake up, a quick rinse in the water is better than a complete shower.
5. Set your alarm clock an hour ahead
No one likes to wake up an hour ahead of their shift, because they want to get as much rest as possible. You don’t have to get up, though. Keep hitting that snooze, and you will slowly wake up, only leaving bed at the last minute.
6. Ask friends for wake up calls
If you are the type to sleep through alarms and are late for work because of it, ask your friends to send you wake up calls. When they wake you up, you will have time to get yourself together and get out of the house.
7. Arrange for transportation/ childcare to arrive early
Gas up your car. Get your husband to take care of the kids. Don’t leave these things until the last minute. Be sure that your car is working, your kids are taken care of, and you have nothing to worry about besides getting out the door.
8. Pack lunches and snacks the night before
Many nurses don’t get their lunch, but the reasons for taking it anyway are astounding. Make sure you pack a healthy lunch before you fall asleep. This way, you won’t have to make food while trying to arrive to work on time.
9. Prepare for the weather and traffic
Listen to the weather forecast, and prepare yourself for whatever is ahead. You may just need an umbrella, but certain areas may require snow boots, heavy coats, and gloves.
In some cases, you may need to shovel snow. Prepare to wake up early if you know the weather will be bad.
10. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your shift starts
Aim to get yourself to work 15 minutes before you start work. You can organize yourself, put away your lunch, and take a minute to gather your thoughts.
In case you are late, though, you always know you have that 15 minute buffer.