Hello my name is Kevin and I’m a recovering worrier. If you’re at all like me, you know that it is exhausting to have your mind constantly going, and it’s even more exhausting when you’re ruminating on the negatives. So it stands to reason, if we somehow could tame our speeding minds, we’d end up with more energy to focus on more productive things.
Worry Mind Hack
For this hack you’re going to need three things:
- A list-I use Google Keep, a free app on my phone, it has a next checklist feature
- A calendar
So here’s how the hack works
Step One: Pull out your calendar and you schedule a 5-10 minute block of “Worry Time”.
Set it to repeat daily at the same time.
Step Two: When you find yourself worrying or overthinking something you have just two choices.
- Take immediate positive action to improve whatever you’re worrying about. If you’re worrying about your health, call you doctor and schedule an appointment. If you think you’re going to be fired, then go look for another job, etc…, but if you chose not to take productive action then,
- Write it down on your “Worry Lists”
Step Three: When your calendar tells you it’s time to worry, do the following
- Set a timer for 5-10 minute
- Get out your “Worry List”
- Stop worrying when the timer goes off
Telling someone to stop worrying is as stupid as telling someone not to think of a pink elephant. It is impossible! The beauty of this hack is that you are not denying yourself the perverse “pleasure” or turning something over and over in your head. The difference now you taking back control, you’re telling yourself and your thoughts, “that’s great, I see you’ve got something you want me pay attention to, well I’m busy right now, however, I just wrote it down, so that I won’t forget, and to night after I get home from work, I promise you I’ll sit down (or go for a walk) and I’ll think about this then, I promise.”
Over time this hack will become a habit, and when it does it will become a very powerful tool.