People are rushing to go to work, to go back home and to manage their shopping duties too.

Even getting their morning coffee is a kind of assault course. But, the faster you want to go the more difficult it can be. Sometimes, by taking a good breathe and behaving calmly results can be more efficient.

Test by yourself, if you wish. But have you noticed that people in a constant rush are achieving less or they eventually reach their target but the stress level is high – and not due to caffeine – simply because they can’t wait and everything has to go faster.

However, taking your time is possible! How, you may ask?!

Start your day on time is probably the main rule to respect. For some reasons, people like to get this buzz by leaving their home at the last minute to catch public transports and from that point the daily routine can completely become hell on earth.

The bus/train or Underground can be delayed/cancelled. And these little obstacles will create a chain reaction for the rest of the day. Results: stressed, depressed, angry and…tired. People never seem to learn that 1 minute difference (or even less) can make a big difference. Just look at professional sportsmen/women…everything is accurately timed to get through that finishing line: from their lifestyle to the training schedule. Of course, there is an effort but the organisation in the main factor.

In a race, there is pressure before the start but, the confidence is there simply because the preparation has been correctly followed. Apply such example when it is your turn to hit the road to work during your daily commute.

It is not about driving/cycling to the office/factory like a pro, but with respect for others too.

Something has emerged in the News:

…Sales of bikes exceed those of cars in most countries… Source

Bike and car Sales in 2011

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This clearly shows that by being slower you can be faster, simply because the attitude and vision are different. It is sure, a car allows the driver to reach high speed on motorways but not in cities. Consequently, it is common sense to ride a bicycle as it allows the rider to use special lanes and eventual shortcuts to get from A to B quicker.

Recession has also been a factor to increase the sales of cycles.

Bike and car recession sales

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France is well known for being a cycling country. The United Kingdom is joining the trend and cyclists/riders are probably more passionate about it – especially since the Tour de France saw Wiggins then Froome on the podium.

But Spain is seeing a huge increase of 2 wheels on the road too.

…780,000 people opting for two wheels over four… Source

A bicycle costs less than a car – it is healthy and…becoming so cool and stylish. Remember a few years back…fashion show and cycles on the catwalk?!

PPQ-RULE-Bikes-catwalk

Despite all the electronic and comfort in a car…people are going back to traditional means of transport…a good choice as there is  less carbon emissions (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/minimisecfp.html). A win-win for the wallet and the environment as well.

Are people actually going back to more down to earth activities? Is there a kind of saturation regarding “want” gadgets, sometimes useless and expensive!?

Let’s see what Christmas 2013 will bring us…maybe something slightly more educational and durable. The time of the year where people over spend to please, even if it hurts.

Manufacturers are already preparing for the annual late night shopping – stockrooms have to be full up – where customers are always after a bargain…which usually happens on 26th December… but buyers can’t resist or wait because the celebration is a must. A good marketing strategy after all for businesses.

People seem to have lost/forgotten how to appreciate simple things. Time is valuable for everyone of course, but a nice cup of coffee/tea is always a moment well spent to watch the world go by.

Orla Kiely Bone China Mugs

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