Maintaining equilibrium in life has become more difficult in this increasingly fast-paced world, but that also makes it all the more important
It’s official: our society’s got ADD. “We’ve become accustomed to over-stimulation, so a lot of people have developed very short attention spans. A big reason for that is the bombardment of tweets, texts and e-mails that we are constantly exposed to, coming from all directions,” says Laura Leist, chief productivity officer at Eliminate Chaos, organization and productivity solution specialists.
Combine this with a demanding workload that includes regular travel, high levels of responsibility and communication across time zones and you get a situation where you are reachable, and working, at any given moment – 24/7.
This fast-paced, hyper-connected environment not only blurs the lines between personal and professional life, but it also disables us from focusing on our mental wellbeing, says Leist.
“People have lost touch with themselves and knowing the tell-tale signs of when they are stressed.”
Unintentionally, the checking of e-mails, pings, tweets and bleeps can reach near-compulsive levels. And this is a slippery segue to a point where work dominates disproportionately, and starts to tangibly affect your wellbeing.
“This is particularly dangerous for certain personality types, ”says Dr. Clara To, director