Time and Tasks – Worrying About Working on the Wrong Things?

Posted on July 19, 2013. Filed under: Time Management |

worriedIn this piece in the Zenhabits blog,  Leo Babauta posted a very interesting piece regarding the nagging background worry that we be doing the perfect thing now.   I had thought it was just me always trying to figure this out!  So I was actually surprised to learn this is a normal phenomenon – to always wonder if this is the thing that I should be doing at this moment.  And when I do something,  dozens of other things come up asking well, maybe I should do that….

This is his 3-step plan for dealing with the nagging worry.

Step 1 – Notice the worry coming along with you.

That’s okay. Put your arm around it’s shoulder, and go along the path together, happy in your new found friendship.

Step 2 – Set an intention to stick with the task.

Before you actually start the task, make an agreement with your friend worry.  You’re going to stick with this task, at least 5 minutes, without switching or following the urge to check other things.  For these glorious 5 minutes, you will be sure of one thing: you will do the task, no matter if it’s the perfect task or not.  Because, actually, the perfect task does not exist, and the search for it is a grail-quest.  Instead focus on this one task, and be sure you’re going to stick with it.

Step 3 –  Stick with the task.

The worry will come up – notice it, smile, embrace it like that friend you have who’s always doing crazy things, and then…stick with it.  You’ll be fine.  It’ll be great, in fact, triumphant and exultant!

Wonderful advice!  Thank you zenhabits!

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