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Three types of time anxiety

Time anxiety shows up as:

  • Daily time anxiety: It is the feeling of not having enough time in your day.
  • Future time anxiety: You feel paralyzed thinking through every 'what if?' that may or may not happen.
  • Existential time anxiety: The feeling of only having a limited time to live your life.

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To feel motivated, you first need to act, then motivation will follow.

Time anxiety is the feeling that you have not done enough to meet your goals or that you're not using the time you do have effectively.

The irony is the more we focus on the limited time we do have, the more restricted our time feels.

We often think 8 hours of work time means we can schedule all 8 hours. However, most people have at best 2.5 hours of real productive time a day.
At work, most people spend:

Ask yourself what a good day looks like at work and home.

  • Maximizers try to make a choice that will give the maximum benefit later on.
  • Satisficers make choices according to their set of current criteria. Nothing more.

Overcoming time anxiety boils down to awareness, understanding, and action.

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