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The Careerist: Rush Hour

SoulAlyssa Davis
Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash

Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash

"Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It's no coincidence we call them 'deadlines.’” – Tom Robbins

Busy Bee

We spend so much time rushing from one task to the next with a “just get it done” attitude. According to studies from PEW Research Center, 4 in 10 working mothers always feel rushed. And 8 in 10 working moms and dads feel rushed at least sometimes. Feeling rushed, though the norm, is a habit. Next time you're feeling like you don't have enough time, try this:

  • Develop an awareness of this feeling throughout the day. Note when it’s happening most. See if there are patterns that have developed. Maybe you always feel rushed prior to a big meeting or at the end of the day. See if there’s a way to plan your time better for those particular moments.

  • Instead of rushing through each task all day, focus on what's immediately in front of you – the quality of your work will benefit as well. Don't consider the next task until the current one is entirely complete. If it helps, try setting a timer for 25 minutes and only focus on that one task for the entirety of that 25 minutes before even considering something else.

  • Practice saying no. No. No. No. It feels good. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. Slow down.

  • Make time where you can in your day. Plan breaks into your schedule. Don’t try cramming your entire vacation and pent up anxiety into one week and expect to come back feeling refreshed and refocused. Take tiny breaks when time allots. Cut out tv at the end of the night or the amount of time you spend on social media. Be intentional about how you spend your life.