Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

feel very rushed.

I suppose that’s no surprise; it’s the shortest day of the year so there is less time to get things done.

I hope you agree that makes no sense – it’s just a story I’m telling myself and clearly not true.

Other stories are harder to spot…

… the prospect isn’t getting back to me because they are not interested.

… my client is mad at me because they sounded funny on the phone just now.

… nobody commented on my blog post so it must have been terrible.

All of these things could be true, but it’s quite possible none of them are.

That’s why my go-to rule in these anxiety-causing situations is to ask myself: What’s the evidence?

If all I have is the story I made up, I try to ignore it.