Get there early

Today morning, I left home a bit early, and made one of my rare trips to the bank and to the post office, rare because these days almost everything happens online and also because I prefer avoiding long lines at these places. To my surprise, I was the first customer at both places today, and got done with all my work in 5 minutes.

Lesson learnt: To save time, visit places of service such as bank, post office, grocery store, pharmacy, DMV, etc. as early as you can during the day. Or go as late as you can, if it is open after 10 pm (grocery stores, for example).

If you have to make an appointment (doctor, dentist, accountant, car servicing, realtor), make it at the earliest hour possible for all parties involved. There is less possibility of getting delayed if the person you are meeting is running late because of his/her prior appointments. Moreover, everyone involved is fresh and work usually gets done at the highest efficiency.



  1. Lalit Patil said,

    November 17, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    You are assuming many things out here – that the service providers will be on time; and that very few people think as you do. Ever been to a visa interview line?

  2. Vipin said,

    November 21, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Yes, I remember going to those long lines, but getting there early helped there too. I went and stood there at 4 am. But yes, you are right..the assumption is that service providers will be on time. But even if they are late and I arrive early, I will be one of the first ones to get service. I believe that many people think like me, but do not act accordingly.
    We will soon witness on Thanksgiving blank Friday that getting early pays well!

  3. Jenny said,

    May 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    aw but it’s so much more fun to do it online! 😀

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