I don’t mean to imply that I’m a slacker but over the years I have learned to instinctively incorporate behavioral habits, which will minimize my load of extra work. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even think about it anymore–I just do it. Today, for example I was dismissed from work at 5pm. I left the resident work room and walked down several flights of stairs to get to the ground floor of the hospital and quickly walked to the garage. And as I was going down flight after flight of stairs, I started wondering why I was taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Answer: in the time from when I push the elevator button to when the elevator arrived, I would be at risk for someone seeing me and asking me to stay late to do more work. As though I don’t have enough work to do already. Anyway, I offer this slacker tip to the young ones out there who don’t want to get stuck on their way out: take the stairs–always keep moving towards the exit even if takes you through a more circuitous but less traveled path. I’ve been called back so many times after being dismissed for the day that I don’t even mess around anymore. When I’m out, I’m out and that’s that.