I’m grateful that my father instilled in me the ‘need’ to be early.
You’ve probably heard that being late “shows you don’t value the time of others”.
But that’s not why I’m early.
I’m early because I value my own time. It shows that I took the care and thought to plan my actions, that I’m not just wandering through life aimlessly.
It garners respect, or, possibly, prevents you from losing respect. We all know those people who are always running behind. As we roll our eyes at them, we know that a) this is not a serious person and b) this is not a person who can be relied upon.
Don’t be that person.
It also doesn’t hurt to be the only person in the office when the CEO or client walks in.