Last Updated May 13, 2011 3:44 PM EDT
Harvard Business School professor Thomas Delong blogs about "the worrying trap" on HBR.org, and in a soon-to-be-published book, Flying Without a Net. Here are his three tips for not letting worry overcome you:
- Stay focused on the specific issue. Make a conscious effort to confine your worries to the subject at hand; small problems should be "boxed" so they don't spread. "Keep reminding yourself that a problem in one area does not necessarily mean that there's a problem in another area," Delong advises.
- Make a plan. Having a prioritized task list that you work through systematically will keep you from being distracted by less critical issues.
- Act quickly and decisively. The worst place to be is on the fence, indecisive. Address the issue causing the worry quickly and decisively. For right-versus-right or wrong-versus-wrong choices, forget analysis and trust your instincts.
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