Saturday, April 10, 2010
Yep, I like to under estimate my time.
When I say that it takes me about 15 minutes to get ready in the morning; I mean more like 25.
If I say that I'm running late and I'll be there in about 5 minutes. What I really mean is that short of a miracle and a few green lights-- it's going to be more like 10 minutes.
When I say that it only takes me 25 minutes to drive to Janesville, that means that I can't use my brakes and I have to keep my speed above 80 miles an hour. Otherwise, I'll be there in about 32 minutes. But doesn't 25 sound so much easier?
That's how I talk myself into going grocery shopping every week. I under estimate the actual time I'll be spending so it doesn't sound quite so long and tedious. It's like a little time pep talk for myself.
Come on Leca, you can do it. It's only going to take you 45 minutes. That's not so bad. (An hour later, I'm actually done and I have fooled myself yet again. Ha, I fall for it every time.)
I have a habit of under estimating my time so that it sounds better. I know, it's silly but it makes me feel more efficient to say something short and easy rather than long and annoying.
I also have a habit of setting my clocks ahead so that I can be time lied to. If it looks like I'm going to be late, it makes me feel better to say, "That clock is ahead so I'm not that late."
My kitchen clock is 5 minutes fast. My car clock is 7 minutes fast. My bedroom clock is 12 minutes fast (I really hate waking up in the morning and it works as a sleep buffer between me waking up, and actually having to be up.)
You'd think that time lying would get old. It doesn't.
I always hope that I'll forget how fast I set my clocks and be really early. Some how I always remember. Funny how that works...
How do you take your time?