Once a week, I leave for work really early in the morning so I have a spare hour on the way. I stop by a random station on the way and spend the hour at a coffee shop reading a book. I find the change of scenery and the break from the scripted pattern really useful.
Last week, I was sitting in this little coffee shop from where I can see this junction across the Green Park station:
A horde of people talking on the phone while chewing a croissant running to catch a train because the next one is 1 min away
running with bags while pouring down a coffee
scrolling on their smartphone, while walking with headphones on
pushing each other out at the bus station to get on the overcrowded bus, while the next bus is 1 min, 3 min and 5 min away
Wait, how do you enjoy a book when you've got a headphone with the cups the size of onions blasting loud music into your ears?
What mad rush! Slow down people, I understand multitasking but what exactly are you achieving by this madness? Crazy rat race.