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March 06, 2007

Six ways not to go Crazybusy

Most of the time I feel I’m just this side of crashing and burning in this Web 2.0, Future Shocked, too much to do, too many decisions world. If you feel the same, it’s time to confront this and start getting a handle on it.

Crazybusy is a term coined by Dr. Edward Hallowell, a New England psychiatrist, who believes many of us are suffering from environmentally induced attention deficit disorder, brought on by technology and activity overload. His book, Crazybusy, is required reading if you want to avoid being run digitally ragged.

If you don’t have time (yet) to read it, here’s the gist of what he recommends from a very good Businesweek.com story by Anne Tergesen:

  • Set aside time to work before you check your e-mail or snail mail or voice mail, before you allow the world to intrude on your fresh and focused state of mind.
  • Do not allow the world to have access to you 24/7. Turn off your BlackBerry and cell phone. Stretch or have a five-minute conversation. When you sit down again, you'll be focused.
  • Prioritizing is crucial. If you don't, you'll find yourself spread so thin you'll only be able to see your good friends on the first Tuesday in February.
  • Give yourself permission to end relationships and projects that drain you.
  • Do what you're good at and delegate the rest. This is important, because when we do what we're good at, the work can take on the quality of play.
  • Keep in mind that some of our best thoughts come when we're doing nothing. Downtime is a forgotten art.


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