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January 17, 2015 12:01 AM EST
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It might be to forget about trying to be fast at all and to just focus on being smooth.

A Formula One pit crew — a group that depends on efficient, fast teamwork — found that they weren’t at top speed when they concentrated on speed. It was when they emphasized functioning smoothly as a group that they made their best times.

Via Oliver Burkeman’s wonderful The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking:

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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