Sometimes taking a shortcut means you know a faster way of getting somewhere.

Other times, it means you save some time at the expense of other people’s time. Using uncommon abbreviations* or rushing a task for example.

Most of the time, the person you slow down is your future self. When you avoid doing the dishes, postpone getting your finances in order, delay that visit to the doctor or dentist, etc.

Next time you want to take a shortcut, ask yourself if you’re really saving time or if you’re actually taking a detour.

* Abbreviations are also at risk of being misinterpreted.

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