Our busyness makes us even busier – why? and what to do

09 December 2018

When we’re busy and stressed, we can fall into bad behaviors. Four common traps are:

  1. We keep ploughing away when she should take a step back and prioritize.
  2. We overlook simple solutions because stress has created tunnel vision.
  3. A third common trap is we avoid setting up systems that would help us save time in the long run. And finally,
  4. We might find ourselves using avoid-and-escape coping mechanisms, which can take sneaky forms, such as escaping into low-level tasks that can be easily accomplished rather than tackling the big, scary stressful tasks we know we should.

The rule here?  Is to step back, breathe, make a plan, bite the bullet and work smarter.