43 What?

Anxiety oftentimes comes from procrastination.  Sometimes it is hard to deal with anxiety by just changing thoughts alone.  Sometimes the best way is to act on the required behavior and suspend judgment about the feelings and thoughts that come from acting on the behavior until you can see that things are improving and your emotions and mind settle down with progress made.

Anxiety from procrastination comes from thinking that the pile of bills, papers, to do lists, etc. on your desk are waiting for you and stalking you, ready to fall on you and smother you.  The anxiety moves into freezing as part of the flight/fight response, and no positive behavior results, only procrastination.

Then the anxiety becomes worse by looking at all kinds of things to study to organize your life.  Getting Things Done, a system for organizing productivity, has a few good points, most notably the Inbox concept and the idea that if it can’t be done in 2 minutes, it needs to be filed.  However, all the tagging and cataloguing is a recipe for developing OCD.  There are other crazy systems out there that will increase your anxiety.

That’s why I really like to keep things simple.  I mentioned the Bullet Journal in a previous post.  It’s cheap ($1 composition book and a pencil, and you are good to go).  Can’t recommend it enough as it is so simple (the video at the Bullet Journal website is only 4 minutes long and describes pretty much the whole system), but it still isn’t for everyone, and it is not a good system for organizing bills and other paper-dependent  things.

For those who are more inclined to paper-pushing, there is the 43 Folders concept.  Here I’m only discussing the Tickler File system, not the 43folders.com website.  This is a very, very simple way of keeping on top of your tasks.

So, I’d suggest that you try it for a month, and see how it goes.  It only takes 21 days to build  a habit, and checking in daily and letting go of things by putting them in for other days will help you a lot.  Thanks me later.

Here (in the video below at the vantagepointtherapy.com website) is a decent video which goes over the 43 folders concept as applied in the Tickler File system.  Hope it helps.  Let me know.


About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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One Response to 43 What?

  1. Reblogged this on Psych Choices Blog and commented:
    Our therapist Nate Prentice has a good idea for beating the procrastination habit.

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