Much the same as teenagers, who often need (not just like) to sleep in late and then stay up until the wee hours of the morning, some people have an abysmal time making the 9:00 a.m. deadline of most businesses. Coming in even five or ten minutes late in the morning can set you back for the whole day.
When you do arrive, you have to jump into things without properly setting up your day, leaving you feeling pretty unproductive for most of the remaining time. Is there a solution, or are you doomed?
First of all, quitting your job to go out on your own isn’t the answer. I am not saying it isn’t AN answer. Just that it isn’t the answer to feeling pressured for the whole day. If you can, before you leave for the day, try and set up a list of things to do for the first hour of the following day that are controlled and results-oriented. How about three phone calls, reading, but not acting on, 10 emails? Knowing the day before what you are going to do when you first arrive in the morning lessens anxiety. I know this for a fact.
Being self-employed doesn’t make that issue disappear. There is still pressure to produce results throughout the day. I do find, however, that having an idea of what I am going to start off with in the morning helps to make the transition. Instead of sitting down and obsessing about the sheer volume of work, unable to pluck a single action item out, I look at the list I had created the day before. It also gives me an idea of what kind of day I am going to have.
The unexpected can always happen (that’s why it is called unexpected), and you can’t have a schedule carved in stone. However, a little bit of planning goes a long way to being unflappable.
Still a night owl? You don’t have to be in your office to make that list. Write it down; text message it to yourself or send an email. Be a boy scout, even if you never were before. Be prepared.