Post # 1
I babysit occasionally for work, and sometimes the parents are late. This generally doesn’t bother me much unless I have somewhere to be like today, when I had scheduled jobs back to back. The parents from family #1 were 40 minutes late, making me 45 minutes late for family #2 after having to fight traffic on top of leaving late to get there. Needless to say I was pissed, and fortunately family #2 was understanding but it really put a wrench into their plans.
Then I got to thinking about my own tendencies: when I have to babysit early in the morning, (and to me 8:30 is early!) I always have a hard time arriving promptly. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t consider myself a stickler for promptness, especially in comparison to my husband who considers himself late if he’s not ten minutes early. If I am supposed to be at work at 8:30 and I pull up to the house between 8:30 and 8:33, I consider myself on time. I’ve realized I kind of consider that three minute window a “grace period” For myself, and I give my families a three minute window as well before I start to get annoyed.
So my question for the bees is, what do you consider to be on time? I’m attempting my first poll to get an idea of differing opinions, and can’t wait to see the results 😀
Post # 3
IMO, arriving exactly on time is late. I usually arrve 10-15 minutes early for everything.
Post # 4
@MrsKelloggtobee: In the door, for a doctor’s appointment. If we’re talking something like a wedding, I’d get there 15 minutes early to not interrupt ceremony.
And I’d be pissed if I had to stay at my job 45 minutes over my work time, even if I had nothing planned after. Did they pay you extra for those 45 minutes?
Post # 5
I’m an extremely punctual person…my motto when it comes to timing is: “if you’re early, you’re on you’re time; if you’re on time, you’re late; and if you’re late, don’t even bother showing up.”
Post # 6
early is on time and on time is late. I do not think it is considerate or polite to expect people to wait around on me– just seems so disrespectful of others and their time. Something is seriously wrong if I am late!
Post # 7
@MrsKelloggtobee: I voted “other” since the poll is for a Dr appt. All the Dr appts I have ask me to arrive 15 minutes before my appt to sign in and to update information as needed.
Post # 8
If something starts at 9:00, I’m there at 9:00, or a few minutes before. I get extremely anxious being late even by a few minutes, because then I’m eating up someone else’s time and they have better things to do than wait for me to show up. I hate it when people are late – I give a 5-10 minute grace period, but after that, I get annoyed. I also have better things to do with my time than wait around.
This probably stems from my job – I’m a nurse and if you’re not early or on-time, your whole 12-hour shift is off.
Post # 9
I’ve always been the person where being at you work station and being ready to work at the designated time is being on time. If it takes you ten minutes to take your coat off, put your purse away, get coffee, or whatever then you should arrive ten minutes early. When I was the boss that’s how I ran my office too.
Post # 10
Thanks for your responses everyone! I think I’m going to have to pay more attention to this. If I know being even a few minutes late will make someone else late I definitely avoid it. I tend to work with people who are pretty lenient, and it’s definitely been a while since I’ve been reprimanded for being late!
Post # 11
Depends. For an appointment, job interview, etc, I like to be 10-15 minutes early. To hang out with friends or something, I try to show up right on time, although 5-10 minutes late doesn’t bother me cause most of my friends do the same. Work sort of doesn’t count because I’m supposed to be in at 9, but I find I fight a lot less traffic if I arrive by 8, so that’s what I do.
Post # 12
I’m also surprised at how many people consider arriving early to be on time. My husband is the same way. I must have missed this growing up 🙁
Post # 13
@MrsKelloggtobee: I don’t subscribe to the “early is on time” mantra. I’m always on time, or about 5 minutes early for a meeting. For a doctor’s appointment, I will be signed in on time. For a wedding, I will be 15-20 minutes early.
I hate being just a couple of minutes late, but if I’m meeting someone, I give them a few minutes of grace time.
Post # 14
@riley23: that totally makes sense. I was trying to think about if I prioritize (so to speak) that way, but I think I generally still give myself that three minute window of time. the only time ive ever been extremely late has been due to major traffic accidents, etc
Post # 15
I was always taught that if you aren’t 10 minutes early, you are late.
Post # 16
Arriving on time is late.