Being On Time Means Being Early

This post was inspired by an article I saw on time management ninja and it confirms what I keep on saying about being on time.

being on time means being early

Growing up in Switzerland, for 3 years I had to take a 50 minute train ride to school in the late 60s. I learned a valuable lesson about being on time: always be early. 30 seconds late would have meant that I just saw the taillights of the train disappearing into the distance and I would had to wait an hour for the next train. I made sure to never miss a train.

I did not always like to get up at 5:30 am to be able to leave the house at 6:00 am, bicycle to the train station for the 6:15 am train to get to school for the 07:15 am starting time.

There was. however, as positive aspect to taking the train and that was that I could nap the whole ride, do some quick homework review, read a book or work on some crossword puzzles. Now that was long before computers.

I just could never imagine myself to be just “on time”, arriving exactly at the appointed time. I would consider this being late. You never know when something unforeseen happens. Often, when you rush, inevitably you end up being late. The more your rush the longer it takes. I haven’t quite figured out why this is so.

Being 5 or more minutes early also affects how you schedule your day. Having back to back meetings or appointments without gap in between does not allow you to go to the washroom, walk around and stretch your legs or to get something eat or drink.

You can use any extra time for all those small task that you have on your tasks list, but not scheduled. Be adaptable. It is amazing how these tasks magically fit themselves into your day this way. This allows you to always be at your best for meetings and appointments.

At the end of the day when you look back over what you accomplished, you realize the value of being on time means being 5 or more minutes early, you are now more relaxed and got a lot more done.


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