Here's how I did the math:
- my hourly rate: $50 (an estimate based on writing fees)
- time spent worrying: 30 minutes a day (a really low-ball figure)
- weekly cost in lost time/wages: 2.5 hours or $125
- yearly cost: $6,500
How I used one of Hugh Chou's On-line Calculators:
- plugged in $25 in the Sharon's Muffin Calculator . The calculator's comment: "Wow, a $ 25 muffin! What is in that thing, truffles?"
- plugged in five times a week
- arrived at annual cost of $6,500
- used 5 percent interest, which equals $325 annually
My Anti-Worry Strategy
1. Better planning. A large portion of my worries will be solved with better time management. I've been creating streamlined to-do lists, with priorities and realistic deadlines.
2. Learn to say no. Over-commitment (too much work with unrealistic deadlines) is very expensive. My inflated ego periodically prompts me to accept more work than I can handle. Cutting back on commitments requires honesty and self-awareness.
3. Learn to let go of past regrets. This is a big one. And a lot of management gurus echo the new-age advice from Deepak Chopra: "Only the present moment exists; past and future are mental projections," Chopra says, adding that we can liberate ourselves from the jail of regrets by "trying neither to relive the past nor to control the future." --Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (page 31).
With that in mind, I'm halting the old movie clips in my head and cutting out the trailers of future scenes. The only picture on my screen is the here-and-now.
4. Reading: From business to mysticism, reading relaxes and educates me.
5. Write a letter or call someone: If we feel as if we have wronged someone: we should call, apologize and move on.
6. Try to find the lesson: Usually when I'm obsessing about something, there is a hidden lesson or insight that I need tap into. Maybe I'm secretly worried about my financial well-being or I'm worried about an old fracture that never healed properly. It could be anything, but I try to honestly find the real source of worry.
In Year to Success, (the book) Bo Bennett recommends these steps:
- Let go of grudges.
- Reality check: "Ask yourself: Is feeling this way doing me any good?"
- Stay focused on goals.
- Gain a sense of perspective. Put a new frame on the issue. Try to see the positives.
- Fix what you can: "Make Amends and start living with a clean slate today."
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