Worry is the laziest form of strategic planning. What is worry? My definition of worry is- thoughts that run on autopilot, creating free floating anxiety. Sometimes worry is obvious and sometimes it is subtle. Regardless of how much conscious attention worry demands, it drains our energy. It soaks up our enthusiasm and it ultimately costs us our life.

I was on a coaching call last week and a sentence came out of my mouth that not only landed well with my client, but it landed well with me. I said, “Worry is the laziest form of strategic planning.” Isn’t that the truth? Worry is simply a concern that we haven’t invested the time and attention to address. By not tending to it, it continually and subtly tugs at you. It’s kind of like a kid, tugging on your pant leg trying to get your attention and you just keep saying, “hold on, hold on.” Or maybe you are ignoring the child’s tugging altogether and the child, as he gets more and more upset, begins to get louder and do things to gain attention. This is just how a subtle concern can grow into worry or anxiety– through lack of purposeful attention.

I recently installed this amazing app for my phone and iPad called Wunderlist. This amazing tool has helped me tremendously with much more than what it promised. You see, the app is designed to help people create lists and help manage tasks and to-do’s. But this app not only helped me manage my to do’s, it also has helped me manage and tend to my concerns. Every time a concern comes to mind, I put it on my handy-dandy Wunderlist, placing it in the appropriate list. I set a due date for each one and then I block times throughout my week so that I can address, plan and take care of each task. What I noticed this week is that my worrying has just about gone away. I attribute this mainly to the fact that I am recording each concern, which frees me up from the need to remember it later. I then allocate time to deal with the concern in a focused and strategic manner.

So, what is the message this week?

Transform your worries into a completed task by documenting the concern and scheduling time to strategically deal with it. You can easily get in control of your worry by getting in control of your time.

Please share with me how this message helped you specifically. I love getting your feedback!!!