setting my time to 5-10 minutes earlier than actual time.. What about you?

@warvial (1154)
Singapore
July 26, 2010 11:32pm CST
Being one who is afraid of being late, I largely depends on my handphone alarm and my watch for punctuality. Recently, I switched to using my computer's time and ended up late. Although my computer time is sync to the internet, it appears that everyone around is 10 minutes ahead of me. Do you have the same encounter as me? Being late than everyone but because you are using the actual current time while others are not? That's when I changed all my settings to be 5-10 mins earlier. Do you do that as well? Or you have adopted another practice (such as start your journey earlier etc?)
7 responses
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
My time is 20 minutes early. Most times I am aware that it is early, but at times, I forget. So tadaaah! I'm 20 minutes early at work. Now, getting late at work is because I did it on purpose.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Woah, that's pretty ahead of time. I guess I can't do that because I will sometimes forget that I am ahead of time (although mostly I will remember that) and ended up being real early (and most of my friends tend to be late) and thus, I stick to just 10~15 mins earlier.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
28 Jul 10
that's the downside, i guess! but, i've noticed that some of my friends are starting to arrive early on dates just because i arrive way too early ahead of them. it's a good influence, right? argh...but there are just some people who were really born to be late.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
28 Jul 10
That's good for you. I guess I got influenced by my friends and now it seems like I am on the side of late or on the dot but not early.
• India
28 Jul 10
No, my watch is on time. I don't set time earlier. Yes sometimes i get late. But if i am going for work then i make one hour to get ready before stepping out from home.....
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
29 Jul 10
I did the same thing too, but it's always not enough because of the wait for public transport and the road condition. Thus, in the end setting my time earlier so I have enough time to "slack". Nowadays, unless it's important meetings, else I am most likely to encounter late comers that it became such a bad influence for me. So now, I am trying to be not late and not early.
• Indonesia
27 Jul 10
I do adapt this, but not at my clock, but at my house clock where my mom put this big clock in the living room and set them to be 20 minutes later than the actual time. I don't do this on my personal watch or at my cellphone. I think being on time is our personal responsibility and no tricks will make us on time on doing meetings, go to some place etc.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi, thanks for sharing. My house's wall clock is also preset ahead of time but I can't see it directly from my room (because our flat is quite small but still I can't see it without walking out of my room).
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
27 Jul 10
yeah,i set up my watch at least 10 minutes earlier but sometimes i do cheating by follow the right time.it is still important to me especially when i need to get to the place on time.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi, thank you for your response. Shared the same thoughts with you (on the situation when we need to be reach on time). Thus, I am still pretty much sticking to having my time being preset 10~15mins earlier because I stick don't want to be late (although now I have subconsciously remembered that I am ahead of time)
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
my time is always 10 minutes earlier. it gives me the buffer i need so i will not always rush to where i am supposed to go, and to whom i am suppose to meet. i hate being late and as a matter of fact, i hate people who are always late themselves!
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi, shared the same thoughts with you (about not wanting to be late). However, nowadays, most of my friends tend to be late and it's pretty frustrating for me since I have preset my time to be ahead of the current time and thus, I am most likely to be the one who is the first to reach and ended up waiting for a long time. Thus, somehow I will remind myself that my time is ahead of the current time and ended up reaching on the dot or late (but still not the last person to reach). But nevertheless, I am still pretty much sticking to having my time being preset 10~15mins earlier because I stick don't want to be late.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
27 Jul 10
I used to do that. Set my clocks a few minutes ahead. It worked for a while, but sooner or later it got me all messed up. I have gotten so used to the few minutes that I had set it advanced that when alarm clocks go off, I sleep a little more because I know I have a few minutes. I kept doing it until I became even more late. So now, I just went back to real time.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Same here. Because I knew that I was still ahead of time, I took time to prepare myself and only to be rushing out of my house. Although I felt that it seems to have defeated the purpose but in the end, I am still stick to my time preset to 10~15 minutes earlier.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
I used to set my watch 15 mins ahead of time, thinking that I would not be late since I have given myself a leeway of 15 mins. Subsequently I gave it up because 1) sometimes I'm confused with which is the real time and 2) subconsciously I know I have 15 mins allowance and tend to still dilly dally. Ultimately I'm still late Now, I think setting off earlier is best solution.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Very true. I got myself so confused with the real time and these days, I became a "peeping tom" (for looking at the time from other people's watch when I am on the bus or train and then reading different timings although it was around 1pm)