A Few Extra Minutes

There is a certain time of the day when it is impossible to get into the elevator in our New York City apartment building. It is in the morning shortly before the school bell rings. Parents crowd into the elevators along with dogs, kids, heavy backpacks and scooters. A ride that usually takes one minute becomes much longer as the elevator makes local stops on every floor.

By the time the elevator travels down to the 10th floor individuals waiting in the hallway stare into the already crowded space and say, “I’ll wait for the next one.” Occasionally someone pushes onto the elevator saying that he has already let three elevators go by and he has to get on this one.

Sometimes the doors open to a hallway with a mother, a baby and a toddler who are already looking frustrated. We try to make space for them in the elevator, but there is never enough room for the double stroller.

When the crowded elevator finally reaches the 2nd floor and the doors open once again to let potential passengers see that there is not even one inch of free space, climbing down the stairs starts to look very appealing.

The secret to missing the morning elevator traffic jam is to leave the apartment ten minutes earlier. At that time, the elevator is empty and makes express stops. It is so much easier, and faster, to get out of the building.

Are there things that you can do to make your life easier?

Are you stuck in a crowded elevator? Do you face large crowds or traffic jams during your morning commute? Are you searching for lost keys or scrambling to get ready when it is time to be going out the door? Are the kids trying to complete homework that should have been done last night?

What happens if you leave a few minutes earlier? How much time and frustration could you save by planning ahead? What would you do with that extra time?

Think of things you can do this week to save time and make your life less stressful.

Go to the grocery store when it is not crowded and shop for the entire week. Visit the post office early on a Saturday morning when it is empty. Take your lunch hour early to avoid waiting in line (or pack a lunch and avoid the lines altogether.)

Think of all the things you could do with this extra time. You certainly won’t be spending it in a crowded elevator.

Enjoy a few extra minutes today and make time for chocolate.