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Overcoming time anxiety

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

Being aware of what you spend your time on can lessen your anxiety. But too much observation over every aspect of your life can add to your time anxiety. It's about finding a balance between awareness and action.

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

  • Body: What do you want to do to feel healthy?
  • Mind: What engages your mind in a good way?
  • Love: Who do you want to spend your time with?
  • Wo...

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.
  • Existentia...

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.

Time anxiety is more than feeling overwhelmed at times - it haunts your days and causes you to procrastinate on essential tasks.

  • 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.

Trying to maximize every day will lead to more time anxiety. Instead, use ...

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

Time had little impact on us as children. We used to spend our days with mostly unstructured games and learning. As we became teenagers, time started to gai...

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:

  • 15% of their time in meetings,
  • 25-30% on email, chat, and v...

Truths about time:

  • Time exists.
  • You can't stop the clock from moving or slow it down.
  • You only have control over what you do in the future.

Time anxiety incr...

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

Look at your time well-spent activities and fit them into your day. In other words, think how and when your most meaningful tasks will fit into a real day. Understanding how to use your...

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  • Exhaustion: it could lead you to be easily upset, have trouble sleeping, get sick more often, and struggle to concentrate.
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