writer’s workshop: what makes me paranoid

July 9, 2009 in writers workshop

It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop!
today’s topic – what are you paranoid about?

I wouldn’t say that I’m paranoid necessarily. It’s more or less obsessive-compulsive behavior in regards to time and time management.

I set three alarms every night, for example. Why? Because I’m terrified that I’ll accidentally turn the first one off in the middle of the night (for no reason whatsoever), that I’ll accidentally turn the second one off in the morning instead of hitting snooze, and the third is set in case the snooze doesn’t go off.

When the clocks changed this past Spring, I wasn’t used to having so much sun come through the window in the early morning so I sprung out of bed an hour before my alarm was set to go off and freaked out cause I thought I was late for work. I still find myself waking up in the middle of the night, reaching for my phone to check the time. BF doesn’t get it. He probably thinks I’m nuts and I can’t say I blame him.

This is hardly the extent of my obsession with time. Others include: being at least 30-minutes early for everything (work, social events, dinners, parties, etc); detailing my life in two (yes, TWO) planners to make sure my I’ve allocated enough time to each commitment; and I balance my check ledger about 5 times a day.

I don’t believe in being fashionably late. Promptness is perfection.

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Charlene July 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Just visiting from Mama Kat's.
My husband is time conscience like that too. I have to set an alarm on my phone for him, he sets three alarms on his phone – each to go off 5 minutes after the other (the first goes off at 5, same as the one on my phone), and the digital clock on the other side of the room (the one with the bright red numbers) ALWAYS has to be set so that he can see what time it is in the middle of the night. And just like you, he is ALWAYS 30 minutes early to where ever he is going.

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Carolyn July 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

girl, i hear you!! punctuality is so important to me, i do NOT understand people who are perpetually late (aka my sister). drives me nuts!

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Lil' Woman July 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Ditto, I am usually always atleast 30 mintues early for everything…I can't help it, I hate being late.

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Raine July 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I agree. My family was always late when I was growing up and I hated it. Now, I am ridiculusly early for everything. I was an hour early for this job interview once. Thats just too early.

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Angel July 10, 2009 at 1:37 am

I m completely with you on this one! Growing up and through my first few jobs I had to rely on my parents for rides, I would be a work late and they wouldn't pick me up until hours after my shifts, so I started telling them I went to work earlier than I was scheduled. It became an obsession with me as well. I set all four alarms on my phone at thirty min intervals. I am also at least thirty min to an hour early for wherever I am going.

Visiting from Mama Kat's

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