Hi there. It has been a little while since I authored a "rant post," so why don't you join me for a bit of good-humored, blow-off-some-steam kvetching and complaining?
Here's my deal, friends: I have a problem with people who set their clocks or personal timepieces to an incorrect time intentionally. For example, my mother-in-law sets some (but not all) of the clocks in her home 15 minutes fast. My sister-in-law sets some of her timepieces a whopping 30 minutes ahead of the correct time. Some of my other friends have told me over the years that they set their watches, clock radios, etc., to various and sundry incorrect times—usually ahead of the correct time.
The obvious question I have for these otherwise loving, kind, intelligent, and well-intentioned people is "Why in the world would you do such a thing?"
The standard response I receive is "Well, I set my clock(s) ahead to help me avoid being late for my daily appointments."
Um...okay. I can summarize my concern with this so-called 'skewed-time syndrome' in the following manner:
- Intentionally setting one's clock and/or watch to an incorrect time constitutes, in my opinion, a state of living that can only be characterized as living in denial
- Intentionally setting one's clock and/or watch to an incorrect time makes possible the propagation of false information to others (for instance, I may ask you for the correct time, and if you provide me the time on your watch and you forget to inform me that you set that watch 15 minutes fast, then I will walk away from our transaction with misinformation. This misinformation could have significant negative consequences for me in some unforeseen way)
What is my proposed solution to this problem? Let me lay it on you:
Set your clocks correctly, and set your alarms earlier!
For instance, if I have a difficulty with getting out of bed in the morning and arriving to work on time, then instead of monkeying around with the time on the clock (which to my pea brain seems like a lot of denial-based headgames), I can simply set the alarm a bit earlier to give myself some extra time on the front end.
These 'alarms' can also work well during the day. If you carry a PDA, like I do, then event reminders are helpful for keeping you on track with business or personal appointments.
Rant over. I want to end this blog post by issuing an important disclaimer. I make no bones about the fact that I am powerless to change the behavior of anybody but myself. Furthermore, my own best strategy for living in harmony with, say, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, etc., is to practice the age-old maxim live and let live.
So there you go. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.