By Stephanie E. Ponder
AT SOME TIME, most of us reach a point when
we are too busy to add even one more task to
our overbooked schedules. What used to be
free time has been hijacked by work, classes,
social events and errands. And we’re tethered
to devices that offer an unprecedented amount
of information and accessibility.
This constant connectivity, combined with
the feeling that there is too much to do—and
with no end in sight—leads to negative stress.
That stress, in turn, can take a toll on
health and the ability to focus on work tasks;
alter how employees feel about their employer;
undermine accuracy and creative thinking;
Enjoy life more by doing less
calm A call for
and foster depression, resentment and feelings of paranoia about job security.
The bottom line: Sustained busyness is taking a toll on the quality of our work along with
our personal relationships.
The good news is that there’s no need to
wait for a health crisis or major life event,
such as a heart attack or divorce, to take a
break. The following article looks at the reasons we’re overbooked and overly busy, along
with ways to slow down, take a break between
activities, bring mindfulness to your activities
and reclaim your life, even if it’s for just seconds or minutes at a time.
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