In this day and age, it’s all too easy to be overwhelmed by the pressures of day to day living. Have a good look around you. Recognise those strained and tense expressions. Everybody is juggling their workloads, many people are tired, irritable and stressed and struggling to cope but some people have learned how to manage these pressures more readily and the answer is to keep your mind as calm and as organised as possible.
As a writer, I often have many projects on the go at any one time, these projects range from how-to articles, writing courses and books, and include many different subjects, ideas and creative images which are collated in my mind at any one time. On top of that, I teach creative writing at college too. One day I realised that my brain felt scrambled, I had complete overload, worse, I had so many ideas flowing through the creative channels that I could not concentrate on any particular one!
I endured this for some weeks before resorting to my ‘de-clutter’ list system which I still use on a daily basis. The secret? To write down every idea or thought that is revolving around in my brain. This simple process has enabled me to bring order to chaos in a few simple steps and helped me to break that never ending cycle of confusion.
Here is an example of my list:
Write lesson plans for college
- Write stress management course for Internet
- Research for article on herbal remedies
- Mark papers for students
- Send off query letter for article on insomnia
- Set up direct debit with bank
- Choose birthday present and card for friend.
- Prepare guest room
- Decorate porch
- Decorate bedroom
- Sort out unwanted household items for boot sale
- Food shopping
- Pay telephone bill
- Time to chill out
Each time you complete something on your list, tick it, so that you can feel the sense of satisfaction from being back in control.
If you have many demands on your time, it would be very easy for you to become overwhelmed again. Keep a note of your ideas or thoughts on paper or you can keep a Dictaphone handy so that you can record your thoughts. Choose your tasks carefully and always prioritise, get the important or essential jobs out of the way first and this will eliminate the pressure from you.
Make sure you add relaxation time to your list too. With the important tasks out of the way, and with your mind freed up from all that clutter, you’ll not only have more time to indulge yourself but be able to feel the benefits of your free time a whole lot more.