I like being “on time.” I like other people who like to be on time. It shocks me that tardiness is not one of the seven deadly sins.
I think that could be an oversight.
But how do I manage the risk of being late? Before I can even begin to manage this, I need to measure my appetite for being on time.
- Business meetings: I am very risk adverse, bordering on zero-tolerance.
- Social meetings: I am less risk adverse for parties. More risk adverse when meeting people for dinner at a restaurant.
I’ll set two alarms the night before a big morning meeting at work. But I won’t crack the whip getting Kate and Briggs out the door for a birthday party. (The benefit of being on time doesn’t outweigh having a calm day without arguments.)
And in any event, I’d never put anyone’s safety at risk (driving dangerously fast) to be on time, even for a work event.continue reading »