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Fast way to get unstuck

From the endlessly helpful and fascinating time burglar called the C2 wiki comes “List Your Way Out Of Stuckness.” I really like the idea behind this—particularly that notion of breaking your tasks into smaller and smaller pieces. I also just like the word “stuckness.”

Although I haven’t decided whether I think there’s a functional difference “Fears” and “Worries,” I do think this kind of exercise can be really valuable. It gets amorphous anxieties out of your brain’s echo chamber, and that’s always a good thing.

I think I’d even want to take this a step further, and, at the end of the exercise, meditate on what the brain dump meant: what’s the take-home message of all that cogitating and how can I learn from it (or not get hung up by it) in the future.

So, anyhow, I made a template and printed out a bunch of copies to keep handy. Help yourself.

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Making lists is a great...

Making lists is a great procrastination technique. However, I found the list of worries is quite effective. During stressful times, I would keep a whiteboard in my bedroom and write on it "5 things to worry about". Then I could imagine the very worst that could possibly happen, and go to sleep knowing that I would not forget to worry in the morning.




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