It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, busy or free the pace of work. To maximize productivity and happiness, what matters to me is who is in control of that pace.

When I own and set the pace, I enjoy work and do it well. (Mostly).

When the pace pulls me along, forces me to adjust to it, I struggle.

I don’t like a frantic pace – unless I set it. I don’t like a laggy pace – unless I set it.

I want pace control possibly more than I want control of where I work or what I work on.