The phone is ringing. The fax machine is spitting out pages faster than you can catch them. You've got a dozen e-mails waiting to be answered, the phone is ringing again -- wait, is that your cell phone or your desk phone? Meanwhile, you're a half-hour late for lunch with a friend, you need to get a birthday card in the mail for your mom, and that project you stayed up late working on last night has to be finished by 4 o'clock this afternoon or you'll lose the account.

Does this sound like your life? Do you do two or three things at once? Do you often run late? Is your to-do list longer than a child's holiday wish list? If you're busy every minute, you may think you're being efficient, getting as much done as possible so that someday -- who knows when? -- you'll have time to relax. But what your do-everything approach may actually be saying about you is that you're doing too much, and you need to slow down. Now.

"We believe that going faster is the way to get more time," says Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., author of Time Shifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life (Doubleday, 1996). "We think that if only we go faster and do more, then time will somehow magically appear. The problem is, that's not what happens."

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