You get to work and your day ahead looks hectic. So while your on the phone you reply to emails, check your calendar are reply to several instant messages.
There’s no slowing down when you arrive at home. Just have to juggle cooking a meal, put the kids to bed, and do some housework.
And you do it all over tomorrow.
Does this frantic sense of being on the go seem familiar? If so you may be suffering from hurry sickness.
What is hurry sickness? What is it’s consequences and how to avoid it.
People with hurry sickness think fast, talk fast, and act fast. They multitask and rush against the clock, feeling pressured to get things done and getting frustrated by any sign of a problem.
You’ll never find a hurry-sick person with an empty diary. Hurry-sick people are conscientious and work hard, but they struggle to acknowledge the limits of what they can take on. They habitually commit to more than they have time for.
Also our twenty four hour state on connectedness means we increasingly suffer from fear of missing out. We’re so reluctant to disconnect and slow down. We worry about how it might look to take time off or say no to a task. This need to stay available means that hurry-sick people remain constantly switched on.
Once this cycle of panic has begun, it’s easy to get used to it, and even to accept it, even though it can damage us.
The Consequences Of Hurry Sickness.
Being busy is usually seen as a virtue but when busyness tips over into hurry sickness the consequences can be severe. You lose the ability to stop and think, and you become less effective.
Hurry sickness increases your body’s output of the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause long term health problems such as depression. It can affect your personal relationships.
Go-fast working habits can come home with you too and can make it difficult to give your best to family and friends. Your mind stays locked in a state of overstimulation, making you tired, anxious and prone to irrationally, unable to relax.
Overcoming Hurry Sickness.
It can be difficult to find a way out of the chaos of hurry sickness, but it is possible. Make a goal to work smarter- not harder, find strategies that will create lasting change.
There are three sets of strategies that you can combine to overcome hurry sickness. Some are just common sense but are easy to overlook when you’re living in a state of constant rush.
- Question why you’re being asked to do something. If someone asked you to jump what would you say? How high or why. Your hurry sickness might be due to saying yes to people’s requests too often and taking on too much.
- Be more assertive if your hurriedness is caused by other people not doing their jobs properly. Learn how to give clear feedback and to avoid taking on tasks that should be done by other’s.
- Stop multitasking. The danger of juggling multiple tasks is that you spread yourself too thinly. Either you won’t work to the best of your ability, or you won’t ever complete anything. Calmly focus on one thing at a time. You’ll do a better job and be in less of a rush.
- Prioritize everything. Prioritization is a critical survival skill for getting through pressured times. It brings order to chaos, creates calmness and space, and reduces stress. Plan an order for work. Focus on the essential and quietly drop the trivial.
- Improve your time management. There are only twenty four hours in a day. Good time management allows you to get the important things done in less time. Switch your focus from activities to results, from hurriedness to effectiveness, and give dedicated uninterrupted time to tasks that matter. You can then target your attention where it’s most needed.