“There isn’t any situation that isn’t made worse by worry. Worry never solves anything. Worry never prevents anything. Worry never heals anything. Worry serves only one purpose—it makes matters worse.” ~Bob Proctor
Sounds good … but how do you stop that constant replaying of things that might happen or might NOT happen that you want to happen?
When it comes to organization and productivity, worrying about all the “what ifs” often stops people in their tracks.
They stand frozen—wishing they could move into action but stuck in the story rattling around inside their heads.
If that sounds familiar,
Since we know that multitasking doesn’t exist, sitting still for a few minutes and breathing into your belly is a simple, free way to calm yourself down.
It’s not easy to count your breath AND worry.
Sitting still and meditating brings you right back to this moment and in this moment, it’s easy to check in with yourself and see that you’re actually ok.
Nothing is on fire and there is no emergency.
What a great thing to rediscover.
Once you’ve calmed yourself down, it’s easier to set the timer and move into action.
If meditation freaks you out, here’s another tool you can use:
Set an alarm for 5 minutes.
Then think through the thing you’re worrying about—what is the worst thing that could happen?
If you’re worried that you may need something again, ask yourself it the thing you’re worrying about is actually irreplaceable.
If you could find it again IF and WHEN you need it … but you haven’t needed it yet … chances are you can let it go.
If the item truly is one of kind, set it aside for now and focus on the things that are easier to replace.
Once you have some success letting other things go, you can challenge yourself with some of the more difficult items surrounding you.
The last thing I’ll suggest is this:
Sometimes our perfectionism is fueling our worrying.
Objectively speaking, if you have clutter around you, if you are not managing your time as well as you’d like to or believe you could be … it’s a little insincere to be fretting about not doing things perfectly.
Clearly the stuff that’s piled up around you isn’t perfect.
It isn’t a perfect collection of stuff, it isn’t perfectly arranged and organized—there is nothing perfect about it.
So why now, when you are finally motivated to get organized, is perfection so important?
Probably better to aim for excellence and set perfection aside. You’ll get closer to your goal and stop worrying!
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