Obsession with 'being punctual'

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    May 23, 2012 9:35 AM GMT
    I'm waiting at the airport right now for a flight scheduled to depart 2.5 hours from now. I have an annoying habbit of being early for everything. In fact, I've been late only 2 times in my entire life (& one of those times it was because the entire city was shut down). I really tried today to leave closer to my departure time; but, I couldn't sleep and somehow justified leaving early. Now, I'm looking at my watch every five minutes & thinking of diiferent websites to visit. Is anyone else like this?
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    May 23, 2012 9:48 AM GMT
    Next time, check online. It'll tell you the estimated wait time for security for your flight. Add 15-30 minutes to that time to be accurate, and adjust your schedule accordingly.

    Also, if your trip to the airport involves a GPS, that can give you an estimated time of arrival within 2-3 minutes of accuracy. Between those two, you should be able to streamline your airport experience to minimize the amount of time wasted staring at ugly weirdos while waiting on your flight to board.
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    May 23, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    I'm a recoevring perfectionist here, and punctuality is my cornerstone foible.
    Last week, I had trouble finding my dentist's new office, and was behind about 15 minutes. I though I was going to have a heart attack.

    I usually add 15 minutes to my estimated drive time to be SURE I am not late. I think it's a sign of responsibility, but can border on the neurotic, sometimes.

    Airports are important. You never know how long the damned security check line will be. Orlando is notorious.
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    May 23, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    always.
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    May 23, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    I'm in no way a perfectionist but I am obsessive about punctuality. I show up for everything early and usually have my day planned out with specific times set for everything. Just one of my odd quirks.
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    May 23, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    n8698u saidI had trouble finding my dentist's new office, and was behind about 15 minutes. I though I was going to have a heart attack.


    It's too bad that doctors and dentists couldn't be punctual as well...I have never had an appointment that was on time. icon_rolleyes.gif

    AND...there's nothing wrong with being punctual...people look at that as a sign of being organized. I really frown on employees in my department that saunter through the door 2-5 minutes late...I don't say anything though.
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    May 23, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    Punctuality is the hallmark of good manners. Don't discard this about yourself, as there are too few of us as it is.
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    May 23, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    nothing wrong with wanting to be punctual. The only time I am not is when going to parties or events. I have to make sure I arrive 15-45min AFTER the beginning so as not to be the first one there.
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    May 23, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    You need to be relaxed and stress free. Being punctual puts alot of stress in you which is not good for the long run. Remember, the oldest human beings on earth are less punctual about everything.
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    May 23, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidPunctuality is the hallmark of good manners. Don't discard this about yourself, as there are too few of us as it is.


    That's exactly what I was going to write! Being punctual is an amazing way to show others you care about their time! People who are always 15+ minutes late are inconsiderate.
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    May 23, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Boris saidYou need to be relaxed and stress free. Being punctual puts alot of stress in you which is not good for the long run. Remember, the oldest human beings on earth are less punctual about everything.
    It's not stressful if you approach it as a game...like a race against time. Then, like any game, the better you get at it, the less stressful it is.
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    May 23, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    It depends....

    if it's for a job interview or a doctor's or dentist appointment I'll try and be there early. My rationale is: if im like 10 mins early, maybe the doc or dentist will see me early and I'll be done sooner rather than later. . . 9 times out of 10 that isn't the case. . .

    as far as flights and stuff go.... I'll usually try to physically be at the airport 2 hours before my scheduled departure time.

    That will allow me to park my car, check in, check my bags in, go through security, get a coffee, go to the bathroom, etc. Once all of that is done, I'll usually end up with like 40 mins actual wait time.

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    May 23, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    LaxJock73 said

    It's too bad that doctors and dentists couldn't be punctual as well...I have never had an appointment that was on time. icon_rolleyes.gif




    AH KNO! Damn bitches! icon_mad.gif
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    May 23, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    I've always tried to be on time: calling ahead even if I'm running just a few minutes late or waiting outside (generally driving around, not stalking) if I am a little too early.

    A cousin was just telling me about her annoying father who always arrives too early, like by a half hour or an hour. Her husband has huge physical problems so it takes him a while to get ready in the morning. Cuz specifically warned her father not to show up last week for their trip until a certain time, not to arrive early because they need that time in the morning. So of course, the father shows up early. It is just as rude as being late.

    This is a three trick pony. Do not arrive late, do not arrive early, do not get too upset when you wind up being early even if you got there on time. I guess that makes appointments a balance between promptness and patience.
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    May 23, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    My husband & I are known for our punctuality among our friends and associates. If you tell us to be at your place at 7 PM you can set your clock by when we knock on your door. Apparently a habit we both acquired in the US Army.

    Whereas we HATE gays who show up whenever they like, or not at all. We call it "GST" (gay standard time) for the unacceptable habit of never arriving on time. Do that to us more than once and we permanently cross you off our list.

    Anyone who has met us here knows that is one of our absolutes. For example, a rare time when we were running late, I think due to unexpected traffic delays or getting lost, we phoned from the car all apologetic, and were red-faced when we arrived barely 10 minutes late.

    In our mind there is no such thing as being fashionably late; it's an inexcusable faux pas.
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    May 23, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidPunctuality is the hallmark of good manners. Don't discard this about yourself, as there are too few of us as it is.


    That's exactly what I was going to write! Being punctual is an amazing way to show others you care about their time! People who are always 15+ minutes late are inconsiderate.


    +1

    I always thought that people who make a habit of being late are rude.
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    May 23, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
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    Smiling_Eyes said
    Scruffypup saidPunctuality is the hallmark of good manners. Don't discard this about yourself, as there are too few of us as it is.


    That's exactly what I was going to write! Being punctual is an amazing way to show others you care about their time! People who are always 15+ minutes late are inconsiderate.


    +1

    I always thought that people who make a habit of being late are rude.


    exactly, they're basically saying "i dont give a fuck about you and your schedule, it's all about me hunni"
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    May 23, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Yes! Am obsessively punctual here. Being late isn't fashionable or cool, it's rude and inconsiderate.

    Thanks for being on time, guys!
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    May 23, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    Airports are a whole separate case regarding punctuality. They have their own through-the-looking-glass rules and cannot be compared with anything else.

    In the 90's, I had the timing down perfectly. If my bag was already packed, I could roll out of bed at 0530, shower and shave. Drive to the airport, park, walk to the terminal. Pick up a coffee and pastry at the end of the terminal, and walk right onto the plane. I'd just have time to finish my coffee before takeoff at 0615.

    More recently, I got to the airport two hours early and was denied boarding because that wasn't early enough. For an international flight, I now have to leave home at midnight the evening before. I tried going to the airport two hours before my flight in Sevilla once, and the airport wasn't even open! Just three sleepy americans hanging out by the doors for an hour.
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    May 23, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Change your behavior or quit bitching.

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    May 23, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Boris saidYou need to be relaxed and stress free. Being punctual puts alot of stress in you which is not good for the long run. Remember, the oldest human beings on earth are less punctual about everything.


    And being late for events causes a great deal of stress on the people holding the event! Why must we always be concerned about our own stress levels while never considering how we're making others feel by being late?
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    May 23, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    I am quite punctual about everything because my father always was. His habits rubbed off on me over the years. Now I can't stand the idea of being late or even fashionably late.

    It's really strange too because punctuality isn't nearly as valued in Hispanic cultures. If someone invites you to some function at 8pm, it means you shouldn't expect to show up some time until after 8pm, never before. Showing up early tends to mean you're eager, desperate, or inconsiderate of other people's time.
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    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI am quite punctual about everything because my father always was. His habits rubbed off on me over the years. Now I can't stand the idea of being late or even fashionably late.

    It's really strange too because punctuality isn't nearly as valued in Hispanic cultures. If someone invites you to some function at 8pm, it means you shouldn't expect to show up some time until after 8pm, never before.


    I would be a very bad Hispanic! icon_neutral.gif
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    May 23, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
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    pocketnico saidI am quite punctual about everything because my father always was. His habits rubbed off on me over the years. Now I can't stand the idea of being late or even fashionably late.

    It's really strange too because punctuality isn't nearly as valued in Hispanic cultures. If someone invites you to some function at 8pm, it means you shouldn't expect to show up some time until after 8pm, never before.


    I would be a very bad Hispanic! icon_neutral.gif


    Believe me, my relatives from Texas and Mexico used to drive me crazy with their sense of time whenever I saw them.
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    May 23, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    I've been raised to be punctual for two reasons. First, because saying you'll be there at a certain time is giving your word, and keeping it is paramount. Second, because being late shows disrespect to whoever your meeting.

    My boyfriend will never let me love down the fact that I was an hour early for our first and second dates.