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Confessions of the
BY DONNA LAWSON, WASTEWATER OPERATION SPECIALIST
me, then know that no matter what the occasion is, I'm usually late. Once I've arrived, though, I'm all in and
will stay till the last bit of work has been done, cows come home, fat lady sings.
IF YOU KNOW
Recently though, after missing a
dental cleaning and being 5-10 minutes
late for every chiropractor appointment,
scheduled onsite visit and missing the
first five minutes of my favorite TV
show; I had to ask the hard question of:
why am I always late? I always get to
where I'm going so what exactly is my
problem, and how can I break free from
my own habit?
Over the years, my tardiness has
become more ingrained. My OCD tendencies, in addition to working two jobs,
raising kids and managing a household
all contributed to a long list of to-dos
within the same 24-hour time period.
My dad has a saying: "You can time her
by the calendar." Well, Dad, the apple
doesn't fall far from the tree. I never
remember my parents being on time
for anything when I was growing up.
They were 20 minutes late for my grade
school and high school graduation. They
wouldn't even start getting ready to go
until they were supposed to be there.
Thus I find myself as an adult, not even
able to be on time for a movie.
Angry at myself and in desperation, I
decided to Google my problem and see
if I could find some help. What I found
was an article written by Sherry Rauh on
WebMD's website entitled, Health and
Balance; Help for the Chronically Late.
The subtitle of the article immediately
caught my attention - Experts explain
why the key to being on time is understanding why you're always late. There
it was, a watershed moment.
Consequences of being late
The article covered every symptom I
possessed, even some I didn't know other
people could know about. The first step,
according to Julie Morgenstern, Time
Management from the Inside Out, is to
make promptness a conscious decision.
She advises to look at the costs of being
late and the payoffs of being on time;
being that arriving late is upsetting to
others and stressful to the person running late. The consequences of being
chronically late run deep, according to
Linda Sapadin, PhD, author of Master
Your Fears. She says "You're creating
a reputation for yourself, and it's not
the best reputation to be establishing.
People feel they can't trust you, so it
impacts relationships. It also impacts
self-esteem." The article goes on to say
that once you feel motivated to make
a change, the next step is to figure out
why you're always late - and the reasons
can be either technical or psychological.
Old habits die hard
and I know I'll always
struggle with being late,
but understanding why
and having a clearly
defined goal is helping.
The biggest change
is planning to arrive
ahead of time instead
of on time (aka late).
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016
From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2016