What do you consider to be on time?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: For an 11:30 am doctors appointment, I'm on time if:
    I am signed in, seated, and reading a magazine at 11:30 : (171 votes)
    68 %
    I am walking into the office at 11:30 : (64 votes)
    25 %
    I am parking in the lot by 11:30 : (11 votes)
    4 %
    Other (elaborate please!) : (6 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    IMO, arriving exactly on time is late.  I usually arrve 10-15 minutes early for everything.

    Post # 4
    1864 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @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
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    3846 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @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
    476 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    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
    15019 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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 # 11
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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 # 13
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @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 # 15
    3246 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    I was always taught that if you aren’t 10 minutes early, you are late.

    Post # 16
    1021 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Arriving on time is late. 

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