We all feel overwhelmed. Whether it's every day, several times a week or less often, when the feeling hits, it seems like you're losing control. The immediate availability of information thanks to all kinds of technology at our fingertips can make us feel like we have to respond to everything right away. Text messages, emails, calendar invites and calls pile up and seem as if they need instant attention, and we quickly begin to feel behind. Then more gets added to our plate, and – just like that – we are engulfed by tasks.
If you're constantly in scramble mode, you're unlikely to completely concentrate and are probably not being as productive as possible. People often end up spending more time thinking and talking about how much work they have to do than it takes to actually do it.