You are chronically early. Always. Even when you're going somewhere to meet friends who you know will be late. You spend your life waiting for people and events to start. The struggle is real. Here's 20 things you know if you're always early:
1. Pretending to be on your phone is a constant thing you do.
Waiting outside the cinema, sitting in a restaurant alone or hanging around at train stations is something that happens on the daily for you. In order to look busy, so people don't bother you while you wait, you often find yourself pretending to text.
2. You lie when people ask you how long you've been waiting.
"Only two mins, not a biggie" you blurt out. When in reality you arrived 15 minuets before the designated meeting time, and because no-one else is as time conscious as you they arrive 5 minuets after the arranged time. Minuets feel like hours.
3. You set 100 alarms.
Even though you don't have a single memory of ever being late, you can't imagine anything worse. Thus, you set an alarm 1 hour before you need wake up and then every 5 minuets after that. Lie-ins are as mythological to you as mermaids.
4. Going on a night out? You are ready hours before anyone else even arrives.
Drinks are at 9, so you start getting ready at 7, even though you only take 20 minuets. You then sit their twiddling your thumbs and texting everyone asking what their current locations are.
5. Ordering a taxi feels like an operation.
The rest of your friends believe in being fashionably late, so trying to organise a taxi for the night out always ends up being a debate. You want to leave at 8.45, they want to leave at 9.15. Ugh, the anxiety is real.
6. You obsessively map out routes.
Got a meeting? One plausible route isn't good enough, you google maps every possible option. Then write it down on a piece of paper incase your phone dies. And then leave an hour earlier then you needed to.
7. Coffee shops are your BFF.
Many an hour has been spent in Starbucks, using the free wifi, waiting for an acceptable time to arrive at your destination. 15 minuets early is professional, but you're aware that 45 minuets is just plain weird.
8. You bond with other chronically early people.
A new friend turns up 10 minuets early to the bar, and both your faces light up. Everything happens in slow motion because you're both so ecstatic to find a kindred spirit.
9. You massively help your chronically late friends get better at time keeping.
They will find it annoying to begin with, but after a while they'll see the benefits of being early - or on time, at the very least.
10. Arriving "on time" feels like arriving late to you.
You got a later bus, you panic the whole journey and text your boss an SOS "I'm going to be late" text. You turn up exactly on time, with a couple of minutes to spare. You wonder why you don't get up later every day, and tell yourself you'll make it a habit. But you never do.
11. You work at least 30 minuets every day for free.
You start at 9am, but in your head that means 8.30 am. Because everyone else in the office is normal, and you know, don't want to come to work early, no-one ever knows what time you turn up. A blessing, because you're kinda embarrassed about it.
12. Being actually late feels like the end of the world.
You completely lose your sh*t. Think that your friends won't want to speak to you ever again or that you are definitely fired. When in reality, everyone knows it's a one off and that you have no control over public transport being delayed. ALL the stress.
13. Your friends now know you are going to call/arrive at the EXACT minuet you arranged.
11.30 means 11.30, not 11.33. Capiche?
14. It isn't even about being early, it's about avoiding being late at any means necessary.
You don't want to be 45 minutes early to your hair appointment, but the idea that you could miss the time slot means this is just something that inevitably happens.
15. Flights are extremely stressful.
The airport tells you to arrive 2 hours early, which is more than enough time but you have been known to turn up 5 hours early. No shame, there's now way you're missing out on a holiday.
There can be a lot of positives to always being early, it's responsible and respectful. It shows commitment and reliability. Which is why people probably talk more about always being late as a problem, because being early isn't inconvenient for anyone but yourself.
There are a number of reasons why you are always early, some are positive and others not so much. Satiama University found that if punctuality was a value taught to you as a child, then you are likely to continue applying this principle through to later life. On the flip side, it could mean you have anxiety. If you're anxious about being late, it is probably a trigger related to a larger issue- dealing with the larger problem, possibly through therapy, may mean you can get many of the hours you've lost waiting around or obsessing over being early back. That being said, being early is also a trait that many type A personalities - have which could mean you're a natural leader!
Always being early has its swings and roundabouts, sometimes it's a positive thing that shows your reliability, other times it can become an obsession. Trying to figure out which side of the line you are on could really help improve your life!
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