Not Asking for Help

Not Asking for Help

There are a handful of reasons we don’t ask for help, but it’s usually because we’re too proud or scared, and that’s a huge waste of time, because it keeps you from moving forward.

If you feel stuck in your career or need to learn new skills and have no idea how to get started, talking to other people in your field will go a long way. 

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Learning from your mistakes is one thing. Dwelling on them wastes your time, diminishes your confidence, and keeps you from getting on with your life.

Dwelling makes you feel like a failure. When you feel like a failure, it’s easy to tell yourself there’s no point in trying, because you already suck.

Worrying Too Much About Other People

It’s easy to waste time worrying about other people, too. Your friends and loved ones mean a lot to you, and you want to spend time nurturing them. 

But we also spend a lot of time fretting over problems that don’t matter in the long run. Those habits always lead to a dead end, because they don't involve action.

Trying to Make Bad Relationships Work

Reasons people usually use:

  • Thinking you have more in common with the person you're dating than you actually do;
  • Being in a relationship just to avoid loneliness;
  • Staying in a relationship only out of fear of losing the person.

Bad relationships cloud your judgment, prolong your unhappiness, and distract you from things that matter to you most. 

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Get Out of Your Inbox and Get to Work
Rather than checking your inbox for the 57th time today, check your to-do list and determine what you should be doing.

Your email is distractions and other people’s priorities. Your to-do list is your list of prioritized tasks.

Three Forms of Time Anxiety

For us to be able to manage the eerie feeling of never having enough time we must know the three different forms it can manifest as:

  1. Daily Time Anxiety: the feeling of never having enough time in your day.
  2. Future Time Anxiety: dwelling on the “what ifs?”
  3. Existential Time Anxiety: the sense that you only have a limited amount of time in your life, and that it’s slipping away.

All three forms are valid and we must learn to soothe our anxieties ourselves because it's not like someone will be able to soothe them for us all of the time.

End the workday by taking a minute to tidy your desk, save everything you’re working on, and close of all your tabs and windows. Make sure your work app notifications are automatically snoozed outside of work hours.
A physical and digital declutter will help your future self start the next morning focused and distraction-free.

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