First of all, I cannot express how grateful I am to be back and to be healthy. Fear was very much a part of the weeks before my surgery. I had to realize and accept that I wasn’t in control of what might or might not happen. I was only in control of my response to those things. So that’s what I tried to focus on – how was I going to respond? But all has turned out very well… and I feel intense gratitude.
The topic for today was brought to my attention by a wonderful voice mail I got over the break. This listener asks about how to handle a strange sort of guilt she feels when she’s not doing a purposeful activity and feeling confusion over what to say to someone who innocently asks, “Whatcha been doing?” After you haven’t been doing anything much of importance.
We’ll focus on three sources of this guilt: Self-reproach. Fear or anxiety about how you might be judged or perceived as lazy or incompetent. And last… “time anxiety” itself, which is anxiety over how you’re spending your time – and how to quell that anxiety with one simple question. “How would I define ‘time well-spent?’
The Clockify Article on time anxiety
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