If you are constantly racing to cross items off your to-do list, juggling several tasks at a time and easily agitated by small delays, you might be dealing with “hurry sickness”-a term coined by cardiologists Meyer Friedman & Ray Rosenman
6 Features of Hurry Sickness
1. You treat everything like a race
You find yourself treating even small, everyday tasks like shopping, eating or driving as a race; delays cause anxiety
2. You find it impossible to do just one task at a time
Focusing on just one task, feels unbearable to you. You’ll try to figure out what you can squeeze in while you brush your teeth
3. You get highly irritable with delays
Traffic, waiting at the doctor’s stresses you out. You’re the kind of person who presses the “close door” button in the elevator repeatedly
4. You feel perpetually behind schedule
There are never enough hours in a day to accomplish what you need to do. You always feel like you’re playing catch-up
5. You interrupt or talk over people
You may not intend to be rude, but you’ve been told you have a habit of cutting people off mid-conversation.
6. You’re obsessed with checking things off your to-do list
You love the burst of satisfaction you get when you complete a task and get to cross it off your list. But that high doesn’t last long, you quickly move to the next thing.