Using To-Do Lists to Help Manage Anxiety

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How a To-Do Lists Reduces Anxiety

Much of my anxiety comes in the form of a vague feeling that there is something I was supposed to be working on. Whether I was watching TV, eating, or even in the middle of working on something productive, I always had a feeling in the back of my head that there was something else I was forgetting to deal with.

The To-Do Lists I Use

Complex task keeping systems, such as bullet journals or Google Tasks, offer a variety of advanced features that build on a traditional to-do list. For my purposes though, none of that is necessary. I’ve found that just keeping a basic list of things I need to get done is more than enough to ease my anxiety.

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