The assumed freedom of “continue taxi at your discretion”

When receiving progressive taxi instructions, it is a must for the local controller to issue a “continue taxi at your discretion” command.

Common miss-conception of that command is that the pilot then has the ability to cross runways or enter the runway. This is definitely not the case.

Taxi at your discretion will only allow you to taxi freely to the runway. Standard rules apply when it comes to entering the runway.

Reference: 5.2.2 of the ATC Manual

Quick without loosing quality

You take your time, which is ok, but your workload overall continues to grow higher and you continue to make mistakes like forgetting sequencing, exits, go arounds because you take too much time. 

Get the commands out of the way as quickly as humanly possible so you have all the time in the world to be more aware.