Many individuals with chronic anxiety problems also lack skills in a number of areas like problem-solving, planning, time management, and assertiveness. Anxiety can interfere with their ability to clearly define problems and evaluate possible solutions. This, in turn, can lead to even higher levels of anxiety. Even when clear about a goal or direction, many people with anxiety are not able to formulate a clear plan to move in that direction, or they may have trouble sticking to the plan because of poor time management skills. Finally, poor assertiveness skills can lead to over-commitment, avoidance, and a failure to ask for needed assistance. Skill-building is usually an important part of a cognitive-behavioral treatment plan. The Worry Trap includes specific suggestions for building skills in problem-solving, planning, time management, and assertiveness.