Knowing me is to that I like to be on-time. That isn’t to say that I am ontime all the time, but I do actually aim to be, as often as I can get myself to be.
There’s a saying that I learned at my first teaching job.
Early is on time, and on time is late.
That’s baloney. If you want me to be somewhere at 10:55, then don’t tell me to be there at 11; tell me to be there at 10:55. If a meeting is starting at 5:00, don’t expect me to be there at 4:45 unless I, personally, want to be there early enough to get a certain seat, or chat with someone.
Keep your word and be honest with me on when you want me somewhere, and I will keep my word on being in place when you ask me to be.
Early often are not words typically used to describe me. I don’t know anyone that would say that about me…except the folks at my new job. I live about thirty minutes away, and for every minute after 7am that I leave, my commute gets a little bit longer. If I were to leave at 7:20am, I’m pretty sure that I would be an hour late. That’s how bad DC traffic can become on a weekday morning (and occasionally on a weekend).
So, what do I do?
I leave by 7am.
Also, to be clear, morning person are also not words that anyone would use to describe me. I’m not even good at faking that. I’m actually not good at faking anything, but I’m really not good at faking being a morning person.
Leaving at 7am gets me to work by 7:30…7:35 if I stop for a soy mocha with whip. Since work doesn’t start until 8am, I am (drum roll please) always here early!
Other than my first couple of years teaching, when I was completely overwhelmed and didn’t know which end was up, I have never consistently been this early to work. I’m starting week five, and I’m on Day 20 of arriving at work early.
So today I decided to blog (whoa!). This could even be a record for earliest blog post ever written on Memoirs.
Eek! It’s 8:07. Maybe tomorrow I should leave at 6:45 to get myself here early enough to finish before 8:00.
Or…maybe not. Forgive me while I run to check my email…