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Some of you may have looked at the title of this and thought to yourself HA! Who the heck is on time, let alone early!?!?! As busy moms, how often are we not late? Speaking for myself, I am always cutting it close to be on time for everything unless it’s a work meeting. I try to prioritize and plan ahead, but then life happens. HELLO! We are in the middle of potty training right now! I never know what’s going to happen when I attempt to get out the door.

Is it better to be early or late? I think the correct answer is ideally right on time, but it depends on the situation…

If someone is hosting a dinner party, I think it is better to be a few minutes late than a few minutes early because the host/hostess is usually sweating it those last couple of minutes to make everything just perfect. Or they might be running to the store for a last minute item they forgot to buy.

For an interview, you don’t want to ever be late, but you also don’t want to show up 15-30 minutes early unless the potential employer asks you to specifically come early. Drive around in your car or something until you are only just about five minutes early. Otherwise you’re just going to sit in an unfamiliar room by yourself waiting and that is awkward.

When getting together at a friend’s house for a play date or girl’s night, my close friends and I always text “on way” when we are just about to pull out of our driveways to let each other know if we are for some odd reason running early, right on time, or running late. (Don’t worry though – we do not text and drive.) This works so well because it takes the guess work out of when people will be showing up at your house. If they are running late, you can take the time to fold the laundry that has been sitting in your dryer for two days. If they are for some reason early (or on time), you can hurry upstairs and put on a quick coat of mascara so it looks like you had time to put on some makeup.

Early or late, I just think it’s nice to know either way. Especially because our lives can be so down-to-the minute, some predictability is refreshing.