A year ago, I went to some job integration measure that started at 12:30 on the other side of town. I had to leave at 11:50 to make it in time. Needless to say, I hardly ever made it in time. I’m pretty good at keeping in time if I have to, but the times I’m good at keeping are 6:30, 11AM, 2PM and 8PM, apparently. 11:50 was so in the middle of everything, I’d have to interrupt whatever I was doing just when I was really getting into it, so the only times I managed to be on time were when I got up so late that I didn’t have time to start any activities before leaving.
I now have a job that I have to leave at about 9:05 for. That’s easy. I don’t start any meaningful activities between breakfast and that. I do get up ridiculously early for that, though, because I don’t want to have to rush.
One thing I do, though, as a safety blanket: I set a second alarm for when I have to get ready to leave. Not when I have to leave - when I have to start the routine that results in me leaving. I haven’t even needed it yet but I’m keeping it for now. This strategy, of course, assumes the routine is set and I can sustain it on its own flow, which is easy for my job because it’s basically my morning routine but was really hard to pin down for that measure last year. I never managed to factor in everything I’d need to do before leaving, and I didn’t do it long enough (or enthusiastically enough) to monitor the process and develop a habit.