People are more comfortable being uncomfortable than being comfortable, if they have been uncomfortable for an extended period of time. It’s simply an ingrained pattern, and familiarity is more comfortable than novelty. Most people have for so long experienced the gnawing sense of anxiety about all the un-captured and un-clarified “work” of their life, that’s what they’re used to. Then, no matter how clean and in control they get at some point, they will soon let themselves slide, let things mount up again, unprocessed sufficiently to get them back to the level of stress they are accustomed to.
David Allen, in his latest Productive Living email.
Of course, he sent the email six days ago, and I only finally read it tonight, because I have become far too comfortable with being uncomfortable about the state of my inbox. Okay FINE, WORLD, I GET IT.