Should I get up earlier? How much earlier? What about driving? Should I change my route? How will traffic be different? What other ways could I go? When should I try them?
All of these are perfectly reasonable questions, they're just not ones I'd prefer to be spending hours contemplating to no real effect. And so, in writing (just for you, brain!), here is the plan:
1. No change to wake-up time for the first day. Try it, see how it goes, evaluate for day 2.
2. No change to drive in. Leave 10 minutes earlier than usual, assess traffic without having to panic.
3. Take the alternate way leaving work. This will prevent a nutty rush-hour merge, and is a way I've driven before.
4. Plan day 2 when day 1 has been achieved.