Know What BBS Is And Keep It At Bay
When you notice you’ve been snapping at everybody in the office for every little thing … when you can’t keep track of the details of an important project , or when you’re having problems getting a good night’s sleep. No, that’s not because of your recent lovers’ quarrel with your partner. Place that in the back burner for another day. She/he loves you so much she/he won’t dump you. For now, pull back a bit. Spend some time to take stock of how you’ve been doing at the workplace the last three or four months. You could be suffering from BBS.
What Is BBS?
You know the colloquial meaning of BS. No, it’s not a big BS. BBS stands for BUSY BRAIN SYNDROME. It’s an emerging, modern scourge in the business world. It’s a serious condition where your brains, having been constantly working gets tired, over-worked and over-loaded with pressure. And it leads to a tremendous plunge in productivity and performance. It can be a tricky condition because you hardly notice its development. It grows gradually over a period of weeks or months and most often, it’s become fully developed before realizing it has hit you.
Here are several BBS symptoms:
- A heightened level of irritability and easy distraction.
- Shortened attention span
- Deterioration of accuracy and missing out on the details of an undertaking
- Increased risk-taking to almost bring situations to a “win or lose” game.
- Poor decision making
- Inability to keep up with pressures of everyday work.
What makes this whole condition even worse is that it tends to make you feel terrible though you can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong or “why this feeling?”
What Causes BBS?
In simple terms, it’s the kind of lifestyle we choose to live that causes BBS. We, somehow have this crazy idea that success comes only from tons of hard work and effort. Of course, it’s true… kind of. I will talk about this in another blog. But when you take these into extremes, when you push these to the max, something’s got to give. We are after all, humans, not robots. When we push ourselves too hard over long periods of time, we place ourselves on the verge of mental distress, exhaustion and tremendous burnout.
So, How Do You Take Control Again?
BBS happens because of a poor unhealthy lifestyle, bad work practices and behavior that are not sustainable for the long haul. The essential step to getting back control is to recognize these poor choices and then decide to change them. And change them, you must.
Create a frame work (write it down, if you must) that allows you to put in several small changes to how you go about your job and how you’re living your life. Follow these changes and improve on them gradually, bringing in the big changes. Most often a personal program like this will make a big difference. And so, starting today, set in motion new ways of thinking and doing things, building on your increased level of brain awareness. Pretty soon, you’ll discover your old self to the great relief and delight of your partner and colleagues at work.