A War Against the Rush

It’s Time To Stop Feeling Rushed

How many times did you feel rushed today? Whether it’s working non-stop to finish a project, running to to a meeting, or to rushing to a yoga class, it seems like we’re almost always short on time. If only the day had an extra few hours, we say. I think even if it had another 10 hours, we would still be in a rush because we forgot how not to be.

We stretch the capabilities of every hour, trying to save a minute here, a second there, our calendar is full with appointments one after another. Too bad we didn’t start including appointments for taking a breather yet.

If we have to wait in line and waste the precious time, we dive into emails, check on facebook updates, or read, no skim, through a magazine. Multi-tasking is a good skill and everyone wants to put it on a resume. Of course doing 10 things at a time is better than just one, right?

Well, maybe not really. Take a look at what Japanese call karoshi. In Japanese work-till-you-drop culture death from overwork is a commonly recognized phenomenon. In Britain stress replaced backache as the leading cause of absenteeism since 2003. In the US. The National Safety Council estimates that stress causes a million Americans to miss work every day, costing the economy over $50 billion annually. Still in a rush? read more here

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