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; under-
mine accuracy and creative thinking; and foster
depression, resentment and feelings of para-
Enjoy life more by doing less
calm A call for
noia about job security. (For more on the effects
of stress, see “Stress can kill” on page 36.)
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 and special health section
look 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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