My biggest weakness is always being too early
I know this sounds crazy, and like I’m completely full of myself, but let me explain why this is my biggest weakness:
I am PARANOID about being late to the point where I lack efficiency in my daily routines. I spend more time in my car “waiting” because I was accidentally an hour early again.
This is why I hate waiting additional longer than I have to! If you say you’ll meet me at a certain time and you’re 10 minutes late, that is an hour and 10 minutes I have been waiting.
So the reasons this is my weakness:
- With the hour I spend waiting in my car, I could be doing something productive
- Prior to leaving, I am so paranoid I’ll be late that I forget those last minute “Turn off the lights” and “Lock the door” simple tasks
- I stress myself out more than I have to
- When others are consistently late, I can’t wrap my head around why they can’t be early/on-time like me. I then think they associate less value to the time I am giving them.
What I have done to make this a strength
- Keep a book handy: I always keep a book or homework in my car. That way, when I’m an hour early sitting in a parking lot looking like a total creeper, I can actually get something done aside from listening to the radio or watching the clock.
- Small Steps: I take a small steps to prevent being an hour early. Each day I may leave 5 minutes later than usual. It helps calm my “OH-MY-GOSH-I-CAN’T-BE-LATE” feeling when I still show up on-time (and early, of course).
- Account for those who are always late: When I am meeting a friend or family member (coughMOMcough) who is typically late, I’ll leave at our meeting time. So if we are supposed to meet at 1, I’ll leave at 1 because they’ll be that late anyway (depending on the person). This way I’m not waiting which means I won’t be irritated.
- Call Ahead: When I’m meeting with someone I work with or a friend who is never on time, I’ll call them first to say, “I’m heading out now!” That way if they indicate they’re still in a meeting or just hopping out of the shower, I know I can leave a little later rather than do my typical wait-in-the-parking-lot behavior.
I was told when I was younger the common quote:
“If you are 5 minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, then you’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”
I think I took it to heart a little more than I should have.