“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. “ – Charles Dickens
When it comes to live events, nothing sets the tone of the day quite as boldly as the first five minutes of load-in. This is when you find out what percentage of the crew made it on time. Many of us have a different view of what “on time” means, ranging from having enough of a time cushion, to take coats off and get work gloves on, to the folks that think that pulling into the parking lot before the call technically starts, counts. As someone who typically arrives early, I whole heartedly disagree with the later.
I was taught that ‘on time is late’ and that traffic is worse the later you are. You never seem to get lost as badly, as when you are on a deadline. There is something about the stress of it that encourages you make bad decisions. As I get older, I find I’d rather not stress about getting somewhere on time, as there are too many other things vying for my stress and attention. Being on time is an easy one to overcome most of the time.
So to me ‘on time’ means being at the site and in the room, dressed for work (including gloves and tools) and ready to start. I greatly appreciate the people who are always early, and respect the ones that have the knack of arriving “just in time”. But those souls who are habitually late drive me crazy, and honestly, who wants to start the day with me like that?