44: Better Early Than Ever

by Max Leibman

We’ve all heard the same advice about how to tackle a big project: break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. But hearing the advice isn’t the same as taking it—or pacing yourself as you work through those milestones. 

This time on Priority, Caitie and Max wonder about the mysterious phenomenon of being early. Sure, maybe it's more mysterious for Caitie, who struggles to trick her brain into working ahead. Max shares experiences ranging from caffeine-infused all-nighters to working three weeks ahead of schedule. The team hypothesizes conditions that make it possible to get done early, arrive early, or even just feel prepared.

And perhaps paying attention to that feeling is what makes the difference. Feeling in control doesn't mean the work does itself, but it sure beats the freaked-out, adrenaline-soaked feeling of the last-minute crunch. 


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