I have a (bad?) habit for cutting it close with how I manage my schedule. I love the feeling of going from one thing to another, with no margin, no extra minutes wasted waiting. I prefer not to arrive early or late, but right on the dot, and roll from one thing to the next.
For instance, yesterday was a tightly-packed day for me. I took the Xterra in for an oil change, walked over to 2 Starbucks nearby, and both of them had no room for me to sit down to work, so I walked over to a 3rd place, Original Pancake House, and worked from there for the morning via their password-protected free WiFi. Walked back to get my Xterra, used my lunch break to vacuum and wash the Xterra for its birthday (wifey wanted that). Then over to the nearby Barnes & Noble to pick up gift cards. Then next door to the adjacent Starbucks, which now had a seat for me. Worked right up to my 2:40pm daily reminder to pick up my son from school, and had to do a fast remap in my head to figure out how to get from point A to point B (I-495 Beltway & Georgia). Cut across on Randolph + Right on Veirs Mills + Right on Georgia + Loop around the Staples parking lot + pulled up at the school pick-up just in time + Jeremiah hopped-in. Then back home to work a few more hours. Whew!
This kind of a pace might drive some people crazy. From what I’ve read in Margins and LMS, having no margin in my daily life is not particularly healthy, risks being tardy, and is being over-committed and overloaded. Good pace for me personally, but this has a little impact on some dear people around me, so for times when I’m with them, I have to slow it down, build in time and space to breathe and dawdle.