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…
Tick-tock!

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

Tick-tock…

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

Tick-tock…

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.

Tick-tock…

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

Tick-tock…

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?

Tick-tock…

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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