Hearing the tannoy announce "Tesco is now closing" as you speed around the aisles like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. Chasing the bus for 200 yards before you've amused the driver enough and he decides you have sweated sufficiently before pulling over and letting you on. Buying all of your presents on Christmas eve.
We've all left things to the last minute and regretted doing it.
However, we are not running a football club, and waiting until three days remain in the transfer window before bringing in much needed squad depth is not good business, in anyone's books.
But that's the typical behaviour supporters have come to expect from the current Liverpool board over the last few years.
Our season started nearly a month ago and there is still some areas of the squad, as well as the first team, that seriously need addressing before the window slams firmly shut.
So as Christian Purslow offloads quality first team players and promising youngsters in order to cut expenses and bring in cash to pay off interest payments, Roy Hodgson is left to take the flak for want-away midfielders who should have been sold in June, and limited (and restricted) transfer funds to bring in quality players similar to the ones leaving Anfield so late in the window.
Here are five key areas that require attention, not only if Liverpool are seriuosly considering getting back in to the top four this season, but also if the club ensure continuity over the next couple of years as ageing stars move on and youth is needed to be brought back in to the ranks.