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December 05, 2008

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Not so Much

Posted in: It's That Time,Living Simply,Organizing with ADD

out-of-sight…Do you have one thing on your to-do list that you keep avoiding? You know, that thing that makes you stress-out just a little whenever you think about it. Does it keep transferring over to tomorrow’s list?

You may think “out of sight, out of mind”. You may mistake that slight feeling of relief you experience when you set your mind to putting it off until tomorrow as a stressful situation averted.

But I have found that the stress never really goes away until the task is confronted and tackled. It sits there at the back of my neck like a sore muscle. You may be able to get it out of your mind, but your body remembers. At least mine does.

Only true relief is felt when I resolve myself to handle it and just get it over with. And you know what? What I have discovered in the process is that continual avoidance actually causes more stress that actually doing it! Go figure!

Do you find this to be true? How do you keep this stressful cycle from happening in your own life?

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