Arrive Early Anyway
I must say from the beginning that this article attacks a lot us, including me. One of my scopes of writing is to reach out to myself, to listen to my thoughts, to confront myself, and improve eventually.
I am a victim of arriving late, or arriving late is a victim of me, I always feel like pinching myself, but I don’t wanna turn pink or red so, I beat myself up in my head. And I fail again. And I beat myself up again. It’s a freaking cycle that I want to rid myself of. As I advise myself, take some too if you fall victim of arriving late.
So, African timing…
How many times have we said this in response to lateness
And somehow it has even become acceptable
I read that lateness is a condition/illness that people are diagnosed with called chronic lateness.
Deadlines, dates, weddings, church service, getting to work, interviews, it’s a load of activities that we get late to. Sometimes when am running late, I curse and am like, who created time anyway, what if they were wrong and missed an hour or something?
Somehow when an event is scheduled for 2 pm, people begin arriving at 4pm. Does that sound familiar? Well in my country it is not a wonder. And I bet so too for most of Africa as it is known as African timing.
And it rubs off on our lives; procrastination and excuses rules.
Think about these questions, evaluate your lateness situation:
- How do you get late, yet you initially knew the right arrival time?
- How does it feel when you arrive late? Is there a guilty conscience?
- Have you felt the need to improve? The need to change your schedule or attitude towards being on time?
Can I tell you something, reading this article might spark something in you but it is on you to act on it. Because applied knowledge is far more powerful than just learned knowledge that is not applied. Only continue reading if you are willing to improve.
I believe we can control anything in our lives if we rule over our minds.
Let’s look at this practically yeah,
You have been invited to a seminar which starts Saturday at 7am. Today is Wednesday yeah, and you have accepted the invite. With your grown ass brain, you know you need to leave your house by 6am to get there on time. So, what you should do is schedule your time backwards. “If am to leave the house by 6am, I’ll wake up at 5am to have ample time to prepare. I will need to sleep at least 4 hours for me to be productive the next day. So, I need to be asleep by 1am”. You know, be blunt with yourself. No blurred lines with yourself.
I do understand life is not black and white but try being very specific with your plan. Because if it is a course you truly care for,,, you know the rest..
I do understand also that event organizers can be a contributor. It happens a lot. You as the attendant with all your discipline arrive early then the event starts 2 hours later, and you are left wondering why the hell you kept time. Then you probably fall back to your lateness disorder. Or choose to ditch such who don’t respect your time.
It is a culture of lateness which we can only change one willing mind at a time.
Since you can’t control a lot about this life except yourself, how about I give you a few insights:
- Understand your sleeping pattern; how many hours of sleep you need that will see you productive the next day.
- Know that it is not a crime getting there early so forget/ ditch the fear of arriving earlier
- Put unknown factors into consideration e.g. traffic. Traffic is a major in big cities.
- Charge your phone, carry earphones
- Carry a book, notebook and pen/ pencil if you draw
- Carry extra money in case you need to get a drink waiting
- If it’s a gathering, be open minded enough to get to know someone, you might meet your next business partner or future spouse there
- If you are the one waiting, often you’ll want to blow up on the late person. Listen to their side first though people really lie.
- Know your limits. There’s a time beyond which you can’t wait for them. Feel free to leave upon informing them.
I wanna hear from you, your experience with lateness and what solution you think is applicable
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