I am ashamed to admit this but I have a serious problem with timeliness. If I tell you I am on my way or I am going to be ready at a certain time, add 20-30 minutes. I have the bad habit of only being on time for things I MUST be on time for — flights, interviews, and…well, in my mind those are the only “must’s.” Sad, isn’t it? This has been going on forever. In high school, I lived three blocks from the joint, yet I managed to be late to school at least once bi-weekly. Pathetic.
I wasn’t raised that way, either. I come from a family of timely folk. Needless to say, they get on me all the time. So for the new year, I decided this was yet another thing I could stand to work on. After all, I’d hate for one of my supervisors to call me into his or her office at the end of the school year and say “You’re an excellent educator and the kids love you but DAMN BITCH, YOU ALWAYS GET HERE AT 8:20 EVERYDAY WHEN YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD BE HERE AT 8! You’re #fired.”
That would be really dumb.
That being said, while we are only five days into 2012 and this is only my third day at work, so far so good! 🙂 I have been on time and it feels great! No rushing. No anxiety. No “oh, shit, I hope no one notices the lights in my classroom are still off” as I park my car at 8:15. This is great, and all it took was me getting up out the bed when my alarm goes off instead of 20 or 30 minutes after.
The differences I see in how my day starts (not having to eat breakfast in the car, running into less traffic, not forgetting things) is motivation enough for me to keep this up. Now will I be ready to go out on weekends at the time I tell you? Ehhh…maybe next year.