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Transform Worry Into Excitement: 7 Strategies for Increased Productivity

Updated: Feb 6, 2023

Here are 7 strategies to help you u-turn the spiral of worrying into actually getting things done by focusing on increasing excitement instead.

Everybody worries sometimes. You're only human after all. Right now, as you're reading this, you’ve probably even got a few worries on your mind already. You might be thinking about a relationship at home or a situation at work, causing you trouble. Maybe you’re worried about your health, whether you remembered to lock your door, or whether you’ll have enough money to pay all your bills at the end of the month. Whatever the case, worrying is part of life, whether we intend for it to or not. This becomes a problem, however, when all this worrying starts to take over your life.

So, what should be done instead? Is stopping worrying enough to get your life back on track, or are you hoping for something…more? What if, instead of worrying, you could become excited, and then use this excitement to get more done?

Let’s look at seven ways to achieve this:

Be Here...Now

Worry has a way of trapping you anywhere else but here. You're either worried and pining about something that happened so long ago that that simply can't be changed in the present, or you're caught up in fretting about something still to come. Spending hours worrying about the past or the future won't get you anywhere. To stop worrying, you need to focus on the present. Today is a gift. Enjoy it! What interests you right now?

Realise This Gets You Nowhere Fast

Worrying stops you cold and prevents you from pursuing your goals. It's also one of the biggest causes of procrastination. With this in mind, why are you wasting your time and energy worrying? Sometimes just recognising what a waste worry is, will be enough to stop it in its tracks altogether. Especially when you have better places to be and people to see.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." – Corrie Ten Boom

Throw Yourself Into Something Interesting

Worry needs your time and attention to survive. Get busy doing something engaging to your mind, and you’ll find you forget all about worrying.

When you focus your mind on a task, you divert your attention away from worries and distractions. This not only helps you overcome stress in the moment, but it also helps build mental resilience over time, making it easier to deal with stressors as they arise. So next time you feel yourself starting to worry, find something productive and engaging to focus on.

Rewrite The Script

If you’re seeing everything blow up around you, maybe you should try focusing on the perceived and supposed imminent disaster. Ask yourself how you could do things to handle the situation were it to happen. Once you have it, practice the scenario in your mind. Picture yourself handling matters.

Visualising a positive outcome not only helps you build confidence and a sense of control, but it also gives you a plan of action to follow if the situation actually arises.


Worried about something you need to do later? Having a dress rehearsal in your head will help to make things go smoother and keep worry at bay entirely. Additionally, it can also help reduce anxiety and increase your sense of preparedness when the time comes to actually do it


Challenge your worry. Dig in and get to the roots until you understand your worry intimately. Ask yourself where the negativity came from. Does it stem from an event in the past that you had no control over at the time? Is that still the case now? thanPeel back the layers until you get down to the heart of the matter. You're so much stronger and more resilient that you give yourself credit for.

Try a New Path

In the end, worry can become very attached to the familiar. It becomes a habit. Challenge yourself. Find a different way to do things. Explore where this new and exciting path takes you.

The main point in all of these is to enjoy the journey. This journey leads to excitement and enthusiasm, which then leads to getting the things done that you truly want to achieve. The rest is all momentum and a whole lot of brand-new accomplishments just waiting to happen. You've got this!

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