I open the app, enter the location and wait for the response. 15 minutes wait time. Too early to confirm, I finish up tasks and get ready to go. I will need to wait because it’s too early.
I try to wait patiently. As I hit the open road, I check again. Now 7 minutes wait time. Still too early.
I wait through two songs on the radio and then I check. Now 2 minutes wait time. Still too early. I’m not even half way there.
I wait two more songs and this time when I check it says 22 minutes wait time. I click confirm. It’s a mental high five as the plan seems to be coming together. I click on “countdown” so I can check the time when I am closer.
As I coast to a stop at that first red stoplight, I almost panic.
No way. Not going to happen. What was too early now feels so late. How on earth did that happen?
I push the upper limits as I safely make it through the next two green lights, turn the corner and see that I still have two minutes on the screen.
Simultaneously, I park, grab my mask, and my billfold.
How do you allocate time? Do you plan backward from an arrival time? How often do you check the time? What are your coping mechanisms when the plan seems to go “awry”?
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