Sometimes I wish I was the kind of person who was happy just doing one thing. Sometimes I wish I was satisfied working a day job, coming home, taking care of the kids and house, then just relaxing and watching TV. Sometimes I wish I could turn off the part of my brain that is constantly turning every issue or interest into a project that requires immediate attention or I might explode. But then I realize how boring that would be, for me at least. Perhaps if I were wired that way I would be happy. But I’m not!
That means I’ve had to get used to my brain running a million miles a minute pretty much all the time. I have to quickly weigh pros and cons of project ideas, and determine what’s actually worth my time (and what I might be able to squeeze time in for!). And, sadly, I’ve had to get used to turning myself down, to forcing myself to acknowledge that I just don’t have the resources right now to do everything I want to do. Maybe someday, I’ll tell myself. But unfortunately not right now.
If I’m able to stick to my schedule at least most of the time, then I should be able to finish up some of my current projects by the end of the year. I have several websites in the works, and a couple of them, once they have all the articles I want to write on them, will require little maintenance once set up. That means the time I currently have scheduled to work on them can be devoted to other projects. And I’m sure it won’t be hard to fill the time!
The author of a blog I used to read said that he carried around a small notebook with him at all times. This notebook was to scribble down ideas, notes, thoughts, tidbits of information he came across — anything he encountered on a daily basis that he didn’t want to forget. It kept all that information out of his brain and onto paper, so he didn’t get so overwhelmed. On a regular basis he would go through the notebook and enter the scribbles into his computer, into lists he compiled that separated these thoughts into categories. Quick “to do” items would get taken care of, and projects and ideas were added to their appropriate lists. Information was delegated to an appropriate location.
I’ve decided to carry a small notebook around with me, as well. I tried it for a couple of days, and it did help. Ideas I came up with, information I came across, it all went into the notebook. I just have to get used to it! I’m so used to cramming information into my brain that learning to take a moment to write it down takes some getting used to. But I think once it becomes habit it will be very useful. Not only will it keep me from getting overwhelmed, but it will also ensure I don’t forget those brilliant project ideas that pop up periodically. And if I keep a list of project ideas, then when I finish up a couple of projects, I’ll have ideas waiting to fill up the time.
Over the past few months I’ve been consciously making an effort to figure myself out and determine the techniques and ways of life that work best for me. I want to be true to myself, and help myself be the best person I can be. Between coming up with a regular schedule, figuring out how much sleep I really need, analyzing how my brain works, and finding ways to make me work most efficiently, I know I can really be happy and live the life I want. And any little techniques and breakthroughs I find can help me get there.
How do you get through the day? Are there any “life hacks” that you couldn’t live without?