Do you find you complete something quickly when others are involved? Does that bit of painting or tidying the garden occur before guests arrive? Do you polish your computer skills on a new update before showing a friend who needs a demonstration? At work, we carry on at a steady pace until we are expected to show our expertise. Then there is a gallop to impress.
We chug along until a demand requires us to change into a faster gear. No pressure, no worries. However, we work better when there is a challenge. We need something to spur us on.
This is a good safety mechanism. It can stop burnout or stress. It’s better to be generally conscientious but add the extra effort only when the time requires.