I am one of those people who are always late to everything. To school, to appointments, to meet up with people and to work. You know what’s funny, my primary school used to give out awards to kids in assembly every week and mine was for attending Primary school on time for a whole week haha. What an achievement. It appears me being early was the only achievement they could think of. In my defense, I was new to the school and hadn’t been there that long, so in a way that was nice of them. I’m still not an expert or amazing at my timings, but after going through a military like training procedure when I worked at a call centre, I started looking at time differently. They were insane. It was like they had nothing else to do because it was a huge deal if you were even a minute late. No joke, they used to stare at the clock and wait for people like it was their hobby. One day I had to be at work for six in the morning and I got in at literally three minutes past and as soon as I stepped foot in the supervisor stared at me and said, “you’re here, good afternoon,” as if I was that late. I swear it was only about three minutes. I’m not going to talk about the favoritism and double standards today so let’s go back to how I had to train myself to avoid remarks like that and threats to be kicked out.
You see, before, if I had to be somewhere I’d leave right before getting to the place, and of course I would end up being late, because in my mind I had plenty of time to get there. I don’t know how or why that is, but it’s a thing. There must be others like me out there. You think, oh, there’s enough time, it’s not even the actual time yet. BUT you don’t consider all the things that have to happen BEFORE you get there. I figured out you have to add in the time it takes to do things before you leave. For example, getting up for work which starts at 7:00. You have to wake up, brush your teeth etc, get dressed, eat breakfast, get in your car, drive how many miles it takes to get there – all of those things take time. So, you have to change the way you look at the time you leave. The miles it takes to get there should be accounted for before. If it takes you twenty minutes to get to work, you know you have to leave at 6:35, so that should be your goal. Not 7:00! 7:00 is not the time you have to be there by, 6:35 is. Your aim is to leave at 6:35. Forget about 7. Before, you were squeezing everything in close to 7:00, working like a time bomb, even if you didn’t know it. This way you’ll be doing all the things you did before at an earlier time thus getting to your destination at the correct time. That’s the way I learnt to deal with my timing issues. It’s quite simple really. Just takes some practice. I don’t know if it will help anyone. Hopefully it will.