Saturday, December 28, 2013

Morning rushing versus pacing

A lot of people experience this situation: They wake up in the morning, start working and at some point say to themselves that they will leave a little bit later than usual. They know that they need to get to work on time, that it typically takes, for example, roughly 25 minutes to get to work in the morning, but instead of leaving 25 to 30 minutes before work starts they figure they’ll leave 15 to 20 minutes before hand to get more done during the start of the day. Other times people stay up later than usual to get more done in the evening so they sleep in and leave later.

Does morning rushing ever make up for a little added productivity in the morning or evening? Rarely. People typically feel pressured to speed, drive through yellow lights about to change, roll through stop signs, etc., all in an attempt to make up for lost time. This rush strategy typically results in stress and other negative emotions which carry on throughout the day, resulting in decreased feelings of well-being and reduced overall daily productivity. So dangerous driving aside, even if they do not get pulled over it is still not worth it to be in a morning rush situation.

The alternative to the morning rush is morning pacing. This requires a different mindset. People thinking this way are planners and take a holistic approach to their day. They know when to say no to certain tasks, and by giving themselves an appropriate morning drive time cushion they are more relaxed, happier, and more productive overall.

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