“If you are early, you are on time.
If you are on time, you are late.
If you are late, you’ll be left behind”
-Quantum Education Group

I think one of my biggest pet peeve is being late. Not only do I get very agitated if I’m late myself, but if others are late as well. Thinking of each minute that goes by being late just crawls up my spine and stabs me each second tick of the clock. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration

One of my early job was with Quantum Education Group where I got that quote from, I find it very true.

If you are early, you are on time.
Being early gives you the time to prepare yourself before the meeting. Sometimes it’s just to get that cup of coffee before the meeting to chill, sometimes it’s setting up the projector before the meeting. However, being early gives you all those opportunities and sets you at the right state of mind before the start.

If you are on time, you are late.
If your meeting starts at 10.30am and you reach banging open the door at 10.30am, you are late. All the preparation time goes out the window and you’ll have to start immediately. There’s a reason why Google Calendar reminds us about our meetings 10min before it starts.

If you are late, you’ll be left behind.
Time waits for no man, and so should anyone. Everyone has 24 hours a day, and getting someone to wait for you is literally saying that your 24 hours is more important than theirs when they wait for you.

I do understand the current trend where employees believe in flexible hours, however maybe the old dog in me still believes in starting work early before time starts. Get ready for the work day and then start.