Use Your “To Do” list to Create a Worry Index

A “To Do” list can be a wonderful source of anxiety.  It can provide endless restless nights and days of indigestion.  If you are not getting enough anxiety out of your To Do list (or you just don’t have one – shame on you), then you are not doing it right.

First, you’ve got to keep that list current with everything you think you have to do.  Assign a numerical code (1 to 10) to each item where ‘1’ is not worth worrying about and ‘10’ is a real sleep buster.

Now you have your worry index which is the sum of all the worry ratings of the items on your list.  This provides an objective measure of how much you should be worrying.

Get the ‘1s’, ‘2s’ and ‘3’s done right away. They are not worth worrying about.  Put off doing the ‘8s’, ‘9s’, and ‘10s’ for as long as possible.  They will serve to wake you up in a cold sweat night after night.

The middle numbers are where you need to focus  your worries.  You could get these done but all that would do is reduce your worry index.

Post your To Do list right where you can see it all the time. In fact, post it multiple places.  Put is on your Face Book page and on your cell phone. 

There is no end to the creative ways you can use a To Do list to remind you to worry.

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I am a mental health counselor in private practice. One of the focuses of my practice is helping people with fear, anxiety and their ugly stepsister, depression. I became a counselor after a long career in the technology world, so naturally, I think of the brain as an engineering problem. It can help to understand something about how the brain works. I decided to start this blog as a way to help other people learn about fear, anxiety and relationship. (All our problems are really about relationships.) You can also find me at:
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1 Response to Use Your “To Do” list to Create a Worry Index

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