In the action column you can write big goals or tiny little tasks. Your aim is to end up with at least one task small enough that you can get on with it.
In the anxiety column you can write big over-riding fears, or small concerns, problems, worries. Your aim is to get down to at least one problem that is small enough to be solved.
Both Actions and Anxieties are fractal in nature, recursively-composed of smaller and smaller versions of themselves. Identifying the components is the true battle for the mind-locked geek.
There are causes of geek-block/writer's block/procrastination that won't be helped by the ActionAnxiety list. If you can identify one of these causes, then address it directly (rather than addressing the symptomatic mental-blockage)
You might want to consider this mantra:
"I choose to start on one small imperfect step, knowing that I have plenty of time to enjoy life."
secretGeek recommends:Feeling Good, by Dr David Burns
'ecomkid' on Wed, 14 Jul 2004 06:12:09 GMT, sez:
yes, this stuff works
'secretGeek' on Wed, 14 Jul 2004 20:27:57 GMT, sez:
thanks Ecomkid! glad it helps!
the tricky bit is recognising that you're procrastinating in the first place... but if you do realise - then this list trick should help.
best of luck
'procrastinating tim' on Wed, 29 Jun 2005 15:43:35 GMT, sez:
very nice. thanks!
'Rob Smith' on Wed, 29 Jun 2005 19:35:25 GMT, sez:
Those interested in this might be interested in a roundtuit I blogged awhile ago:
'Nelson Rodríguez-Peña' on Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:08:37 GMT, sez:
Great! Of course this is great for making a web app with a dynamic interface, maybe with Ajax... lets see... I'm already procrastinating!
'snow scorpion' on Fri, 01 Jul 2005 21:07:10 GMT, sez:
I've been using that form for years.
It's a standard technique in cognitive therapy.
For more info, look for books by a Dr. David Burns. Feeling Good, I think is the name of one of his books.
'tanya' on Tue, 05 Jul 2005 19:40:49 GMT, sez:
Isn't this just another way to avoid doing what you really should be doing? I don't think anything can help me - short of locking me in a windowless room with not even a pen - since that will lead to doodles, which will lead me to think I can make a book, which will lead me to start said book ... and avoiding what I should be doing :0)
'dj' on Mon, 11 Dec 2006 09:01:01 GMT, sez:
ive experienced it a lot of times ..and the only antidote for me is to feel so bad about myself ..or sorry for myself ..then i flush myself with these and t gets better ..i strat to write again
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