Project Management

The Risk of Sustained Anxiety

PMI Chicagoland Chapter

George Freeman, PMP, is a seasoned IT project manager and leader who has worked in the software industry for nearly four decades, including over 25 years of project management. He has significant experience and expertise in enterprise information systems, data, and business architectures, and is an advocate for “business and technical architectural awareness” among all project team members. Mr. Freeman has international and remote team experience, and has a passion for meta-modeling, domain-driven design, and “all things architecture.”

Anxiety, brought on by the fear of the unknown, has gripped our society, our loved ones and yes—if we are honest—ourselves. These are historic times we are living in during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the project of life is seemingly presenting itself with a new baseline every day—and where unsettling content from one-hour news cycles permeate our conscious and subconscious being.

So, let me ask: Are you aware that we are riding an anxiety tsunami to a destination unknown? What are the consequences of this journey, and do we have choices that can mitigate its personal effects on our families and ourselves?

This article explores these questions—not from the perspective of an expert (which I am not), but from one who is concerned for his own family.

Please recognize that this subject matter is challenging to write about, as anxiety is a sensitive topic—especially when it has impacted those we love. With this consideration, I hope my opinions and thoughts, which may not be yours, bring the subject of anxiety to the forefront of our concerns and conversations during this difficult time.

What is the purpose and impact of anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural response, one that is purposed to alert us of hazards in our environment, thus providing us an opportunity to remedy the concern and resolve (i.e., bring down) the anxiety. You may prefer to …


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