I’m a hustler...I mean I physically hustle.
In video games, specially in RPGs, there is a command to make one’s avatar walk and one to make it run. Everyone runs. I don’t really know why there is a walk command. I move through life much closer to my avatar’s pace than the average gamer and for the same reasons everyone hits that run command. The world is a big place and I’ve got places to be.
I call this “hustling” instead of simply “running” because I’m not that guy in track shorts jogging past your car in traffic. I don’t run for pleasure and I don’t run for exercise. I run to achieve a net gain of productive time. My pace saves 20 seconds every time I go from my car to the office compared to a walker. Honestly, I’m tempted to save more, but even I have a point where I bow to social pressure. My office has a lot of windows and I don’t need people asking about the maniac who sprints into the building every morning. They might think I’m chronically late instead of, well, efficient.
Just that 20 seconds times twice a day times roughly 230 work days a year equals 9200 seconds a year of my life back--about three hours. If I went out for lunch everyday that’s another three. It adds up. Think of all the time you could recoup to do what you really want to do. I have. I’ve even thought of when hustling is a time sink. I can take the three flights of stairs in my building quicker than the average elevator wait time, but when I spot a co-worker take the stairs who I’ve timed at less-than-optimal speeds, I take the elevator. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Is this healthy? I mean mentally healthy? I don’t know. One could argue that a guy who factors in that I'm actually aging slower than the lady strolling to her car due to the relativistic effects of time dilation...might be over thinking things. But no one, not even Einstein, can argue that exercise is physically healthy. Like I said, reaching my target heart-rate isn't the goal, but it is one of those happy unintended consequences.
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