How Using Workflowy Keeps My Anxiety Under Control

Hi guys,

I’ve been using Workflowy for a few months and (like I imagine most users) now can’t figure out how I ever organized anything without it. Excellent job, there. I’ve been recommending it to just about everyone I know.

As someone who suffers from pretty severe anxiety issues and is also self-employed, I’ve found that using Workflowy actually helps reduce my anxiety levels and has allowed me to set up a system for dealing with particularly bad “episodes”. It’s prevented me from “freaking out” and losing clients, therefore it’s no real stretch to say using Workflowy has actually made me money.

I have a lot of friends with the same sorts of anxiety-related issues as myself, and find myself repeatedly explaining my personal Workflowy system and how it helps as part of the “sales pitch” to get them to try it out.

I thought “How using Workflowy keeps my anxiety under control” might make a good blog post, whether for one of my own blogs or for yours. Would you be interested in a guest post covering that aspect of your app?

Thanks for your time!

Michelle May aka “Shellbot”

WorkFlowy User Michelle May sent us this email recently, asking if we’d be interested in her sharing how WorkFlowy has helped her manage anxiety. We said, “Sure!” and she made the video above. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “How Using Workflowy Keeps My Anxiety Under Control

  1. For starters, I just want to say that this woman’s post is one of the most elegant descriptions of the Power of a well designed outlining app like workflow. In so few words, She describes the power and the charm.

    Often when I try to share my very systematic use of workflowy to my friends, they comment that it sounds very powerful but that they don’t seek the same level of efficiency in their lives, And the perhaps justifiable implication is that they are not as obsessive as I am.

    I do love the direction of this post. Even though I could go on and on about my own thoughts about organization and the creative process, I just want to give her props.

    tom Snyder

  2. It is always a pleasure to see how others are using Workflowy. You can often pick up now ideas or ways of doing things. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I echo Tom’s comments above. This video captures the essence of what makes WorkFlowy great. You clearly “get” WorkFlowy, Michelle. Nicely done!

    1. Thanks Michelle. The video and audio of your actual use helps a lot to explain how you use WorkFlowy, much more than just writing about it.

      I had to chuckle at Tom’s remarks. He could be talking about me.

      “Often when I try to share my very systematic use of workflowy to my friends, they comment that it sounds very powerful but that they don’t seek the same level of efficiency in their lives, And the perhaps justifiable implication is that they are not as obsessive as I am.”

  4. This was wonderful on so many levels. Stopping the video now and then to see how you actually do things was so informative. Even though I’ve been using Workflowy since the beginning, I always learn and often change the way I do things. One of the terrific things about Workflowy is its flexibility so that changes can be made very easily. Just wanted you to know that your efforts are very much appreciated.

  5. I’d love to see more of this – how people are using Workflowy in their day-to-day. I feel like I always take something away from these featured outlines and apply out-of-the-box ideas into my own.

  6. Thank you for showing your setup. It has inspired me to change my system. I get overwhelmed with trying to capture thoughts in so many different systems. I already use multiple tags to sort daily and particular day tasks in my homeschool routines account. To add an inbox and categories for types of tasks is fantastic. Very clean set up!

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