How To Be Systematically Late

I used to be systematically early. I really didn’t want to inconvenience people by being late, so I’d go with upper bounds on activity duration and plan to arrive on time anyway. I would think more about how I can read a book or go for a walk if I arrive 15+ minutes early.

If you’re not 5 minutes early, you’re late.

I’ve since then tried to learn how to let myself at least arrive a few minutes late, closer to “just on time”, and have unlocked the secrets as to how to systematically arrive late.

It’s very simple.

  1. Try to do as much as possible before leaving.
    • Remember, you can get more done before the winter gloves are on!
  2. Determine to get ready as fast as possible.
    • We improve with practice: maybe this time will be smoother than the last!
  3. Run with lower bound estimates on every step to get ready.
    1. Everything will go at least as well as I think it can!

The most important ingredient is number one: prioritize doing as much as possible over arriving on time.

I wonder how difficult it will be to return to arriving on time as desired. Doing “a little bit more” is really seductive 😂