When I’m in bed and my alarm goes off I always seem to think that it’s a good idea to snooze an extra five, ten or even fifteen minuets. Then, when I actually get up, I realize how stupid it was and start running around.
I started taking showers at night to save time in the morning so that when I get up, I can be out the door in ten minutes. The first half of the drive to work is somewhat stop and go so I usually eat breakfast during those 5-7 minutes. The last half of the drive, I sit at a traffic light. This time allows me to put on my makeup while waiting.
The last two or three minutes, I look frantically at the clock hoping I can get to work by 7:59 or 8:00 because even one minute late constitutes as a “tardy”. During those minutes I run excuses through my mind of what I can say to constitute being late. I obviously can’t say I’m late because I slept in an extra five minutes. So I picture myself saying, “The traffic was heavier today,” or “I got stuck behind a school bus.”
But I never get to use the excuses I come up with because more often than not, I arrive around 7:58 or 7:59. But I hate the days when I do arrive at 8:02 because I can’t sneak into the building. A loud “ding” sounds whenever anyone opens any of the doors.
This morning I sat down at my desk at 7:59. Victory! As my stress level rose during this morning’s game (as it always does), I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be much easier to just get up earlier so that I don’t have to put myself through this every day?” The answer is yes, but I always seem to forget about that when I’m snoozing.