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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Overcoming the Overwhelm

What is most overwhelming in your life right now? What seems out of control?

I'm not exercising. I need to exercise or I not only gain weight, but I get moody. No one in my life has used the B word yet, but it's coming. I'm just moody enough to scare them away from saying it OUT LOUD.

Also, I cannot keep my island in my kitchen clear of mess. I don't have a laundry room. My island is where I fold laundry, chop veggies, and bring in groceries. It needs to be clean or I end up with all sorts of messes in other places. like piles of unfolded laundry and spoils of entire pots of food on my floor near the stove. If the island is clear and wiped down, I keep my entire kitchen clean, with no effort. Laundry gets done and put away. It's like magic. And right now, it's cluttered again.

Maybe it's your health. Maybe it's your kids being home for the summer. Maybe it's your marriage.

But something is overwhelming you right now. Something needs fixing.

Something needs a plan.

So open up your planner.

Oh, sure, your planner is for scheduling appointments and remembering to mail your taxes in by April 15th.

But it's also a place to deal with the overwhelming stuff.

Just make a simple plan to deal with it.

I'm scheduling a yoga workout for tomorrow. Also, I'm going to add cleaning the island off to my daily tasks (a system already in place that is working - an app called Daily Tasks by Microsoft - but doesn't include the island right now).

planner, Daily Tasks


Whatever is overwhelming for you right now, take a minute and write a plan. It doesn't need to be a vast, overwhelming plan. It can be a plan to do the first step. But get it written down and do it.

You will feel better.

And maybe you won't deserve to be called the B word, either.

Etcetera.

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5 comments:

Geertrude said...

This would work for the examples you give, but how about a really, really big task that needs to be done... uh yesterday?
I find myself looking for a way to plan things like that (my big issue right now is final editing my manuscript - printer is waiting), but there's no way to add it in, besides just sitting down and doing it already while ignoring everything else that is written in my planner because those things are just helping my procrastinating.
(I hate those final edits, it's the point where I've been through the story so many times that I don't like it anymore and just want to delete it and start all over, wich is not an option ;-) ) I've spent the last three days doing other "important" (since it was in my planner) stuff...
Good thing about using a planner though is that I can pick up my normal tasks where I left off rather easy, instead of being overwhelmed by a neglected house like I used to be before. So maybe I do have a plan after all ;-)

Deborah Barrett said...

where would I begin if I still have Windows 7 and IE 11?

Giftie Etcetera said...

Maybe a phone app? Or a simple checklist of daily tasks in your planner?

Angela McKinney said...

I had not heard of this app until now. I just downloaded and will have to try it out. So glad you linked up at #HomeMattersParty

Heather said...

Thanks for the reminder to use daily pages. I have some that I love, but I just got out of the habit of using them.