The Worry Matrix: How to Decide What’s Worth Worrying About
The Worry Matrix is a handy, printable tool that will help you decide what’s worth worrying about, and what isn’t.
- Worrying is just a form of mental clutter.
- Worrying is like praying for something you don’t want.
- The key to less worrying is more action!
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Two simple questions
And now, here are two simple questions that will help you decide whether or not something is worth worrying about:
- How likely is it to happen?
- Is it inside, or outside, your control?
Here it is in chart form….
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The Worry Matrix is based on the Eisenhower Decision Matrix (Urgent/Not Urgent & Important/Not Important), as featured in Steven Covey’s book First Things First, which I use all the time (the matrix) with my Time Management clients.
What are the chances?
So, as you can see from the chart, the more likely something is to happen, and the more you can prepare for it, the less you need to worry about it.
Conversely, the less likely it is to happen, and the less there is that you can do to prepare for it, the less point there is in worrying about it.
Try it yourself
If you are worried about a spectrum of related possibilities — your health, for example — try creating a health-specific Worry Matrix: Which diseases, health conditions, and accidents are most likely to befall you? Which can be prevented, or improved, with a healthy lifestyle, safety awareness, and routine medical checkups? Which are so unlikely, and out of your control, as to be not worth worrying about? Take action on the things that make sense, and you will find yourself worrying less….which will be good for your health!
Take courage and have faith
So….what do you worry about? Is it worth it?
Does The Worry Matrix help to reduce your anxiety?
What other examples can you think of?
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