This is not something that I am proud to share, but there was a time I was having hard time to adjust to arrive early to work. I have a background of both non-profit and for profit experiences. Anyway, in this one organization that I used to work for, in the beginning we had work hours flexibility. Before they made changes, if we could come to work around 9 to 9:30am there was no issue, and because of that for a while I had this morning routine that I have established for myself and with it I managed to arrive to work just in time during those hours. But it came a time we got this new manager and she demanded us to come at 8 am sharp each work day. She even made every employee clock in on this counter book and made us write what time we came in and sign our signatures each day. So in the beginning it really affected me, because I wasn’t consistent with it. I had hard time to adjusting to it because I didn’t want to give up all the things I was doing in the morning before I came to work. I tried to force everything, even after working up early at 4 am sometimes I will found myself falling asleep on my home office desk and realize its already 7am, and I have one hour left to get ready and make sure I arrive to work on time. And it was bad because it ended up affecting my PDP review that year. Eventually after the bad review, I forced myself to change my entire morning routine that I was doing so that I could come very early to work by 8 am.
- Being on time
Even though I am a very hard working person, but in the morning, I kind of move slow, if you know what I mean. My brain starts to actively and effectively functioning at the earliest maybe around 10 am or 11 am, therefore it made sense for me to come at 9:30 am. So the morning time is good time for me to have maybe meetings, responding to emails, but not to prepare invoices, purchasing orders, or preparing payments online to vendors and something like that. I don’t want to accidentally put wrong amounts, or make wrong calculations because at the end of the month it doesn’t balance we have another extra work and effort to find out why and where it could be wrong. Usually I would do my important tasks before I leave the office during the afternoon and evening, sometimes even stay a little bit late, and the next morning I would have them ready on my work desk to be approved by the director.
But through that experience and transition I have learned very important lessons and the need to be on time and being early, not just getting to work early, but during meetings, when attending events, or going to interviews, and so on. It can tell a lot about our work and professional ethics. Whether you are a morning person or not, there is something about being on time, doing things on time, or coming to the office very early or on time. It makes you look you are on top of your game. It makes you look active, serious, and reliable because you look more prepared all the time. It shows that whether you feel like it or not, you are ready to conquer the day. But also you don’t keep people waiting because of you being late. And if you go to places and events, it means you may get attended early let’s say if you are going to the hospital, or the bank, and so on, because first come first served.
Being able to perform your tasks accordingly, keep many of your commitments, and meeting deadlines is essential for success. And you need self-discipline to make sure you are doing something every day, or every week to get towards your goals, objectives. Discipline is the most important and foundational habit to success that deals with things from the root. It eliminates all the wish-wash desires and establishes you with the strongest base that you need.
Self-discipline basically means giving up right now to get what we are working on later on. Giving up what does not work to adapt what is working. It also means being serious. I have to admit that sometimes we make our goals as optional things. Even though we want to achieve them, but we pursue them as optional things. So self-discipline can help us make our goals mandatory and something that we must do even when we don’t feel like it many times.
Self-discipline is essential in your life if you are going to get things done. Ask yourself this question: “Should I do things because I need to do them, or I am kind of waiting to feel the moment?” When it comes to mastering self-discipline there are two kinds of people who would show up in your personality; the one who say I will do it until I feel like doing it, and the other who say I have got to do it whether I feel it or not to do it.” And it’s up to you choose which one you would like to be each time. But remember, if you wait until the moment to move or feel like doing, you may never get anything done.
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