Refer to whichever route you follow as the shortcut. When walking among familiar buildings and landmarks, abandon all sense of the efficient organization of space between those buildings and landmarks; traverse that space instead by an itinerary that suits you. Head left of the path to loop around an oak tree. Walk further left to follow a path that trends directly away from your destination. Turn right to visit a favorite flowering bush. If walking with others, you may wish to run the whole way, ensuring that yours is the quickest route. Let everyone know that you are taking the shortcut. Get there first.