Are you caught up in a constant state of busy-ness?

Time is forever marching on and before you know it: an hour, the morning, the day, the week, or even the month is history.

Picture it…

Late from being stuck in traffic, you rush to work.


That deadline looms ever closer but there is so much to do and so little time!


And what’s with all these emails? Why do they gobble up so much time in actioning a response? Meanwhile, your day-to-day tasks remain undone and those special project activities still await your input.


It’s the eleventh hour to the expected delivery of that report when a colleague finally submits their contribution.


Hell’s bells! How are you going to have enough time to include their findings into the report and finish any revision and editing by the deadline?


Beads of sweat form on your brow as your internal body temperature rises.  Perhaps, you even feel sick to the stomach. Physiological response impedes mental acuity as you think: we’re never going to make it!

And ever still, time threatens to pass you by; never-ending is its beat: tick-tock!

Ever experienced something similar?

If you typically feel stressed as you rush from one activity to the next you may be suffering from ‘Hurry Sickness’, a term first coined by cardiologist Meyer Friedman.

Hurry sickness is a by-product of the speed of technological connectivity.

Mobile telephones, SMS text messaging and other technologies allow humans to communicate with each other in the NOW!

Hand-in-hand with this instant-ness though is the expectation that people function at the same speed as the digital devices they use – regardless if the human response requires contemplative thought, team brainstorming, or research and analysis to resolve issues.

So what can you do about this perplexing conundrum?

Ideas include:

  • Realize you are a biological being not a digital device.
  • Acknowledge ‘…lived time is different to clock time.’ (Quote: James Gleick)
  • Appreciate your value as an intelligent-being endowed with the ability to think about ways you can conquer hurry sickness.

    Examples include: fighting the urge to hurry for hurry’s sake, fine-tuning your ability to prioritize tasks, improve memory recall by taking notes, actively listen to save time, realize how many times a poorly-worded email has wasted time and caused friction and conflict; therefore, participate in face-to-face conversations (whenever possible) to progress projects and to strengthen workplace relationships.

  • Aim to sleep for approximately seven to eight hours each night. Research has revealed sleep deprivation results in sluggish physiological responses as well as clouding mental acuity.
  • Maintain peak workplace performance by taking regular breaks (every two hours).
  • Reorganize your schedule to reintroduce joy back into your life. Schedule regular time slots in your weekly/monthly timetable to savour those things you enjoying doing.


Which of these suggestions appeal?

Perhaps you are aware of other ways to counter the effects of Hurry Sickness.

Either way: choose what works best for you. And take action!

Copyright uncapIdeas 2016


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