Over two years ago I decided to start focusing on following the methods. I quickly realized that the only way to really be able to pull that off was to simply not care about their numbers anymore. I never really was one of those guys that beat myself up over not "running under" but I did pay attention and even figured out which routes had fair time allowances. Following over 330 methods is actually quite difficult but the trick is to focus on the safety related methods and and other things that should never be skipped. The end result has been the easiest two years I've had as a driver and that includes peak season. It's been sweet. I feel better physically and mentally. Most of the nagging pains in my feet, legs, back, etc., have went away and I don't feel nearly as tired/fatigued after work as I did before. The biggest change is how I feel when I get out of bed in the morning. I'm not quite as rigor mortis stiff as I used to be and its getting better all the time. Sure.....on paper I'm probably "least best" in just about every single metric category in the center's operation reports. And I have likely been the subject of many conference calls (many of which resulted in my management team being verbally assaulted via said conference calls and/or emails) behind closed doors. And I know for a fact that I've be resented by the slew of runner and gunner/balls to the wall/bonus baby/must always work in "beast mode" types in my center for having to come take work off me every once in a while. Particularly during peak when they think that the extra volume surely means that we all should have to replicate their foolish behavior. They can't stand having to help those of us that actually have the balls to follow the methods during peak. But do I care?...?....?.....LOL! NOPE. I have actually enjoyed my job every since I've been on cruise control. And my dispatches are usually kept under 9.5 hours and if not.....well.....I gladly file and accept the penalty pay. This job really is a breeze if done correctly. I suggest that everyone try it. You won't regret it. But learn your contract and be prepared to prove that you will not be intimated by management. Because they will definitely try to once their numbers are affected. Especially if they even think you cared about their numbers before. But don't give in. Not even during peak season. It's worth it.