Got worries? Shut them down with this simple scheduling trick.

There is a wonderful cliche that says 90 percent of the things you worry about will never happen. No one can actually measure that, but it’s probably true. We live in a culture of worry. No wonder it is so easy to become consumed by it.

How can you get it under control?

Schedule your worries. Just give yourself a good 30 to 40 minutes a day to dig in and worry hard about the things that need your attention. Then, shut it down until your next worry session.

If you are getting a massage, that is no time to be fretting about finances, conference calls or Valentine’s that didn’t come. It is a time to tune out. So you tell yourself, “I already did my worry session for today. I’ll have to worry about this tomorrow.” It works.

Also, try to focus on one thing at a time. Multiple worry lines can make you a crazy person. They also send you into a worry loop where your perception distorts your reality.

It is only natural to worry. But you don’t have to let your worries own you.

This post first appeared at FawnGermer.com

Fawn Germer

It was a long road to center stage for keynote speaker Fawn Germer. After a journalism professor said she’d never get a job doing hard news, Fawn became a nationally acclaimed investigative reporter and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times. Now a bestselling author, she is popular worldwide for her inspiring keynotes. For information on Fawn’s keynotes, workshops, or coaching sessions, visit www.FawnGermer.com and follow @FawnGermer on Twitter.

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