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Incomplete Acts, Everyday Anxiety, and Getting Things Done

For many of us, anxiety is fed by circling back, over and over, to the things we ought to do.  According to the book by David Allen called Getting Things Done, those ‘open loops’ take up a lot of cognitive space.  We worry about them instead of doing them or thinking about more important things. He recommends writing down your “to do” list and consolidating similar tasks.  If it takes less than two minutes to complete something, you should just do it, because coming back to it again takes longer than doing it in the first place. Schedule blocks of uninterrupted time to work on tasks that require undivided attention.

 

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