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Confessions of the Chronically Late 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). 25

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 $$?
NRWA Recap
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2016