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A Hilarious Peek Inside the Brain of Someone Who Always. Runs. Late.

It's a battle between the rational decision maker and the instant gratification monkey.

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Here’s what happens when I’m supposed to meet someone at a coffee shop at 3 p.m.

I’ll plan to arrive early, say 2:45. That takes all the stress out of the situation. All I have to do is be on the subway by 2:25, so let’s be safe and get to the subway by 2:15. I’ll leave my apartment by 2:07, and I’ll be set. What a plan! Here’s how it’ll play out:

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Enter the monkey

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Staying put

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Still not ready

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

We’ll go soon

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Shoot, gotta go!

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Nooooo

Tim Urban for Reader's Digest

Anger ensues

Read more of Tim Urban explaining the psychology of being a chronically late person.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest