Worry or Think Time
Set aside a specific time each day to think about the things that keep entering your mind and interfering with your concentration. For example, set 4:30 to 5 p.m. as your worry/think time. When your mind is side-tracked into worrying during the day, remind yourself that you have a special time for worrying. Then, let the thought go for the present, and return your focus to your immediate activity.
There’s research on this, believe it or not! Persons who use a worry time find themselves worrying 35 percent less of the time within four weeks. That’s a big change!
The important steps are:
(1) set a specific time each day for your time,
(2) when you become aware of a distracting thought, remind yourself that you have a special time to think about them,
(3) let the thought go, perhaps with “Be here now,” and
(4) be sure to keep that appointment with yourself at that special time to think on the distracting thoughts of the day.