I think we inevitably all feel a little stressed at times, right?
And what’s really interesting, is that I think at times we can’t completely pinpoint where the stress is coming from. Sure, we can think of some major presentation to be made, or a conversation to be had….but there still may be some lingering stress.
David Allen of Getting Things Done mentions that this is because we have different “loops” running around in our head. These are basically tasks and things that need to get done that pull on our attention, but that we haven’t addressed. Similarly, others say that the “problem named is the problem solved.”
So here’s what I do on a weekly basis, but at times, more often if I feel that I’m getting stressed….
I write down every single task that I can think of.
There’s lots of great task apps out there, by the way. One that’s been getting a lot of traction these days is Teuxdeux. Here’s a video before if you’d like to check it out:
I’ve simply been using Google Tasks and it works great for me. You can access it from inside your gmail, so it makes it pretty easy.
So I’ll sit there and just write down everything I can think of. I’ll pause and wait. I’ll write some more things down. I’ll pause some more….and then I end up remembering even more things. In addition to prayer, of course, I find that this usually does the trick. Once I can visualize all the different tasks and see all the things that need to get done, they usually don’t look as scary. And my mind can rest because I know that I’m not missing anything.
If you’re feeling stressed, I recommend giving this a shot. Just sit there and write everything down you can think of.
I find that it works for me, anyway.
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