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MENTOR - JARGON BUSTER

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What is urgency addiction?...
What is urgency addiction?

We all know about addiction to cigarettes, drugs and alcohol - but what about adrenalin junkies?

Adrenalin is a mind-altering chemical and it can give you one hell of a buzz. 'Urgency addiction' affects anyone who is hooked on deadlines, and who procrastinates or takes on too much work to score that last-minute fix. Without the desperate deadline buzz, they are unable to function.

If you think you may be a sufferer, these are the danger signs: rushing around feeling important; focusing on the project in hand to the exclusion of everything else; using work to blot out more difficult or complicated areas of life; depending on 'busyness' to show how indispensable you are; finding that meeting short-term deadlines is stopping you from planning strategically and finding that work pressures are causing relationship problems with colleagues as well as family and friends.

It's not just partners and children who lose out when 'task focus' takes over, but the people you are supposed to be collaborating with.

Sounds like a new term for that old problem, overwork? Then perhaps you need to rush off and enrol on a time management course

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