The Angst Guide to Motivation

noun Anxiety about life

Angst is often experienced during our teen years, sometimes at times of crisis, in mid-life or as we are nearing the end of life. There may be confusion and questions about who we are, what we are here for, what it’s all about. Can anxiety about not getting done the things we want to get done, provide motivation to act?

Life is Short

We all know someone who died way too young. None of us know how much time we will have. As this video tribute to Robin Williams says, “None of us have very long on this earth, life is fleeting.” Watch The Time You Have (in jellybeans) video for a visual illustration of this. Live your life to the fullest in order to avoid the top regrets of the dying that palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware has seen when many people experience when facing the end. To realize we all face the ultimate deadline, is to realize the time to use our time well and Make Today Count is now.

TED Talks:

The Top 10 Regrets of the Dying point the way to what we should spend our time doing.


“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” -Steve Jobs

“What will I do today that’s worth talking about tomorrow?” -Montel Williams

“Do your best” -Don Miguel Ruiz (one of The Four Agreements)


  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • If I Stay
  • The Bucket List
  • 50/50
  • Funny People

Angst Music Playlist at the Daily PlanIt Youtube channel:

  • Bon Jovi “It’s My Life”
  • RENT “No Day But Today”
  • John Mayer “Say What you Need to Say”
  • New Radicals “You Get What You Give”
  • Chumbawamba “Tubthumping…(and more)

Life Can Be Hard…But We Can Overcome

Fear Can Hold Us Back…Be Brave – Conquer Your Fears and Get Stuff Done at the Daily PlanIt, Overcoming Fear at Psychology Today. More about procrastination.

State of Confusion

Start here: Figure out What You Are Passionate About. Set Some Goals. And Get Busy.

Our life would be what we made of it.  Nothing more, nothing less. – The Pigman by Paul Zindel

See also The Empty Box

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

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