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Thrive Global – The Real Reason You’re “Too Busy” or “Too Stressed” to Make Your Appointments

“Too stressed” to make your appointments? You’re not alone. Making appointments can be surprisingly difficult for many of us, especially when there are parts of an appointment that might make us uncomfortable. Procrastination isn’t just about being busy. There is almost always an element of “whispering anxiety” that is tripping us up.

Thrive Global asked me to weigh in on the anxiety of making appointments, and I was very pleased to help. To read the full post, click HERE.

Alicia Clark, Psy.D., author of Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love, and All That You Do agrees with the “just do it” approach, and has a hack for getting it done. Break the scheduling down into tiny pieces. One day, find the phone number you need, then on the next day, you can look at your calendar to find the right time to make the call. And if you find that any one step is too anxiety-provoking, “Then the step is too big,” Clark says. Go smaller!

Once you’ve broken down the task as much as you can, scheduling will be easier. Clark notes that you may experience discomfort when making the call, but you should take comfort in knowing that it will only last a couple of minutes or less.

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD

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