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The roots of anxiety

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I read an article once that talked about the things that leads to the most stress in life. It used the acronym NUTs. What drives one crazy, it said, are the Nagging Unfinished Tasks. So it is no wonder that I'm waking up this morning feeling anxious and stressed and wanting to go back to sleep.

At work I have hanging several such things. I will start in on a "thing" (multi-part) that needs to be completed, just a part of the big project I've mentioned. Or maybe it's something independent of the project, just something else among my responsibilities. And I'll get interrupted in the process, by something else that requires "urgent" attention, or is given to me as a higher priority, or sometimes just to help someone out.

Normally, I consider myself an "interrupt driven" processor (IT folks will understand that term). I grab the highest priority task, give it the attention it needs, and move on to the next. However, if I get to the end of my work day, and I never got back to the first thing I was doing to complete it? It remains a Nagging Unfinished Task. I can handle SOME of this, force myself to leave, live my life, saying I'll get back to it tomorrow.

But tomorrow is TODAY now, and I have meetings all over my calendar. The NUTs will remain NUTs... and this is how big holes can end up in work product.

The plan to deal: remember that the PROCESSOR (me) needs to be given priorities. One of those priorities is self-maintenance. So...

1) Drink that water
2) Remember that the cookie at the coffee kiosk and the candy bar in the vending machine won't help in the long run
4) Remember that your value as a producer is worthless if you kill yourself doing the producing!

YOU are worth it. Once in a while close your eyes and remember to breathe!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEDDYPEDDY 4/26/2013 11:40PM

    Oh, my life is a lot of nuts all the time...I needed that perspective so thanks!

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LEANJEAN6 4/25/2013 6:37AM

    so true eh??--What you "'want"" to get to---or have half finished, drives one nuts!---And you know what?--It usually gets done in time!------We worry-----for nothing---*S*----Good morning Ba emoticon rb!

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Thanks for describing my life right now.

The stress has given me sleepless nights, cardiac palpitations and ...the dreaded overeating monster again!
Vicariously yours,


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KARRENLYNN 4/24/2013 10:23PM

    I hate to say it but I think I am fairly easily distracted. Real pain when you're trying to get certain things done in a timely manner. I'm definitely a stress / boredom / mindless eater, also not good.

I'm rooting for you success in your producer plan!


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_LINDA 4/24/2013 9:49PM

    Ob boy do I get where you are coming from here. So many tasks, so little time. What to get done first. What will be needed first of course. But some tasks are more interesting then others and you rather leave the unpleasant ones as long as possible. But frantically doing them the night beofre they are needed is unproductive and adds to more sleep deprivation and continuing the vicious cycle. In a perfect world you won't get another task dumped on you before the first one is completed. but of course that never happens, there is always something coming up.
Fortunately, I never let anything get in the way of my exercise. But unfortunately, the stress eating needs work. Maybe I need a time management course. Or to learn to say N.O.
Taking deep breath.
Spark On!

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DALID414 4/24/2013 9:29PM


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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2013 9:15PM

    Good for you for having your plan in place to deal with those nutty NUTs. UGH Used to drive me crazy too.


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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2013 8:38PM

    I'm thinking that maybe remembering to breathe could be permissible oftener than once in a while . . . this situation does sound awesomely NUTZZZZZ.

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KARIDIAN1 4/24/2013 8:34PM

    I live that term NUTS. I have a bunch of them so many days.

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MSLZZY 4/24/2013 8:25PM

    I have a deep pile of NUTs only my desk right now. I hope I can handle it as we'll as you do.

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PATRICIAAK 4/24/2013 6:24PM

    Great that your priorities are right! If you don't take care of you, you won't be able to tackle the NUTS.
In my life, I put God first and ask His help in taking care of me and His people.

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LESLIELENORE 4/24/2013 5:53PM


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LJCANNON 4/24/2013 2:37PM

    emoticon "Nut" is a Very Good term for those tasks!!
Thanks for sharing your 'Processing' with all of us!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/24/2013 2:07PM

    Amen to that! Before I took this break I managed to finish a NUT from weeks ago and am amazed by the feeling of lightness and refreshment when I went to work, simply from getting it done. It was lower priority than everything else but still up there, but just wasn't shifting from my list of things to do. I had no idea of the drag effect it was having on me until I got it out of th way.
We are and will remain low staffed at my work and I realize i am going to have to find a way t deals with this situation. Perhaps even reprioritise those NUTs tasks to get rid if the drag effect, because they do affect my productivity.

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BUSYBEE37 4/24/2013 12:15PM

    Well now, you described my work likfe to a T! NUTs, I like that. Thanks for sharing.

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DEBRA0818 4/24/2013 11:06AM

    There is no question that when a big pile of NUTs happens, I have to remind myself to slow down (not go faster), breathe (good idea for all living creatures) and whisper a short prayer (Thy will, not mine, be done). I repeat this until I don't feel nuts anymore. It helps!

emoticon TO emoticon in no time!

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PATTYR81 4/24/2013 10:00AM

    You are telling my life story!

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CONCHA77 4/24/2013 9:12AM

    From one nut to another, have a super day!

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DLDMIL 4/24/2013 9:08AM

    AH, yes I have several NUTs sitting on my desk, and they will sit there until I return from vacation, and then the big NUT will be Union negotiations.OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for posting another great blog. Let us keep the processors well and happy.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/24/2013 8:58AM

    Very interesting blog. I totally understand how NUTs can drive someone nuts. Best wishes for treating the processor well! You are definitely worth it. I personally had a melt down this morning worthy of the two year old -- all about shoes. Anyway, sometimes I find I can stress out over nothing important at all. So at least you can comfort yourself knowing that you are stressed out over something -- something I suspect would stress anyone. Happy processing and producing! Wishing you fewer and fewer NUTs-- and happy acceptance of those that have to be pending. Happy walking and water drinking!! Wishing you restorative rest in moments of breathing and closed eyes for anxiety-free hours. Anxiety is the enemy. It does not help us produce. When we can master it, we are happiest and most productive!!

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ALOHAEV1 4/24/2013 8:20AM

    I have a stack a foot high of NUTs myself.

I'm going to share this with my daughter, she is facing a lot of the same NUTso stuff you are as the month comes to a close, think she will benefit from it.

Love your background pic by the way!

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KALIGIRL 4/24/2013 8:07AM

    Love your acronym - here's to caring for the processor!

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GABY1948 4/24/2013 7:59AM

    Makes sense to me! That really is the reason for most anxiety...that's when I sit down and make lists! Thanks

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KELLIEBEAN 4/24/2013 7:56AM

    No wonder I am NUTS, I have a few NUTS hanging around! I do believe this. If I could just focus sometimes, life would be better. I'm working on it!


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