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Scott Eblin

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Overworked and Overwhelmed by Scott Eblin offers practical strategies for managing workplace stress and achieving a better work-life balance. It helps readers identify their sources of overwhelm and offers concrete steps for creating more time, energy, and focus.

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    Life is becoming increasingly hectic, and stress levels are on the rise.

    There’s no sugarcoating it – life has become more stressful. Getting up at six, grinding out a grueling shift at the metaphorical coalface and collapsing into bed at eleven in the evening is the new normal. But it wasn’t always like this. In fact, things have gotten a whole lot crazier over the last decade.

    So, what’s behind our increasingly hectic work lives? Well, let’s rewind to 2008. The economy was in freefall, and companies were scrambling to adjust to the harsh new realities. Lots of companies only managed to survive by downsizing their staff and restructuring workloads. The result was fewer people shouldering a whole lot more than their fair share of responsibilities.

    Then there’s the smartphone. Apple launched its first iPhone in 2007. Soon enough, it had taken over the world. According to a 2012 study in the MIT Technology Review, the iPhone conquered 40 percent of the American mobile phone market within just a couple of years. That’s pretty astonishing when you consider the fact that it took computers fourteen years to achieve anything close to that level of market penetration.

    The problem, however, is that smartphones don’t just make life more convenient and fun. Sure, you can check Instagram and send tweets, but this also means you’re always on standby mode. Your work is never more than a click away. A 2013 study carried out by the Center for Creative Leadership highlighted this trend. The surveyed executives and managers with smartphones spent an astonishing 72 hours every week engaged in work-related activities!

    That’s not sustainable. When work gets too hectic, our stress levels shoot through the roof. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 33 percent of all Americans suffered acute work-related stress in 2013, while 48 percent claimed that their stress levels had increased over the previous five years.

    A full 83 percent of interviewees in the study believed that stress was negatively affecting their health. They’re not wrong! When the Benson-Henry Institute in Massachusetts looked into the matter, they found that between 60 and 90 percent of all trips to the doctor were stress-related.

    So what can you do to beat stress? Stay tuned to find out!

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    What is Overworked and Overwhelmed about?

    Overworked and Overwhelmed (2014) shines a light on work-related stress and outlines what you can do to fight it. Packed full of simple yet effective stress-relieving strategies that you can start putting into practice today, this is a survival guide tailor-made to today’s fast-paced corporate world.

    Overworked and Overwhelmed Review

    Overworked and Overwhelmed (2014) by Scott Eblin is an essential read for anyone struggling with the daily pressures of work and life. Here's why this book is worth your time:

    • It offers practical strategies and actionable advice to help you navigate the challenges of a busy, fast-paced world.
    • By combining real-life stories with research-backed insights, the book provides a comprehensive understanding of the issues and offers effective solutions.
    • The author's engaging storytelling keeps you hooked, ensuring that the book is both informative and entertaining.

    Best quote from Overworked and Overwhelmed

    Everybody has a plan until they get hit. – Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson

    —Scott Eblin
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    Who should read Overworked and Overwhelmed?

    • Executives and managers
    • Anyone feeling stressed and overworked
    • Coaches and work psychologists

    About the Author

    Scott Eblin is a cofounder of the Eblin Group, a company that specializes in helping leading executives excel at their jobs, as well as a highly sought-after coach and motivational speaker. He is also the author of The Next Level, a well-received insider’s guide to business success.


    © Scott Eblin: Overworked and Overwhelmed copyright 2014, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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