Day #15: Say NO To Sunday Night Anxiety
Prepare for it NOW, not when you're staring at the ceiling on Sunday night.
“...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
We've all had that moment: You might have even had it last night.
You're lying in bed, trying to get to sleep on Sunday night but you can't shut off your mind because of all the things you have to get done this week; the people you need to appease, the deadlines you need to meet, the things you really ought to strike off your To-Do List.
Solution 1 is to employ the tool we learned this past week about taking an assessment of your concept of Time. Go back and read over that lesson to reacquaint yourself with the notion of Time Anxiety and how to overcome it.
Solution 2 is to employ the tool we learned on Friday; to take all the things you're worried about, and plug them into your calendar so you can see the real, tangible time it'll take to do each thing. (Hopefully, you follow the method closely to ensure maximum efficacy.)
Solution 3 is to learn to stop worrying about things that haven't happened yet, and stop living in a future your brain has constructed.
I wrote this piece a few years back and many people have said it helped to calm their anxiety about anticipating bad things happening. Feel free to read it here.
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”
~ Randy Armstrong
Take the methods outlined in this essay and apply them to your life this week BEFORE bed (not after you've turned off the lamp.) It will help you have a restful sleep, ready for the week ahead, knowing you have your ducks in a row. By Sunday night, your head will be free of the cacophony of to-do voices.
Note: It is obvious that best-laid plans will be upended by calls, texts, emails, and visits from people asking for your time and attention. Remember when that happens, to look back on week 1: Pause, Assess, Don't answer right away, Be clear about what you need to say NO to. Try to stick as close to your scheduled plan as is practical.
Baby steps. NO takes practice. Start small, and work your way up.
Ryder Carroll -- The Bullet Journal Method
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