Frazzled is a newer feeling for me, and I really don’t much care for it. It MAY be my new state of existence as a twin mom, I’m willing to kind of admit that, but, I don’t think it should HAVE to be, ya know?
So I’ve been taking steps here and there to identify the causes of my frazzlement and try to fix each one, one by one. It’s working pretty well so far, but I’m still having a hard time kind of pulling everything together.
This feeling was mainly revolving around my to-do list. I would be writing all these things down that needed to be done in multiple areas of my life, and my list became pretty ineffective, because it was getting so big and so cluttered. I couldn’t see what needed to take priority and what could wait. I was missing deadlines and gatherings and even some BILLS! (That’s no good at all.) I was functioning with my normal planner, like usual, but something was missing. I needed to be able to drill down and do some kind of micro-organization.
We talk a lot about things to organize here on the blog, but recently, I haven’t been “feeling” all that organized. And when I say that, I mean that my BRAIN hasn’t been feeling all that organized. Call it pregnancy brain if you want…all I know is that I can’t think as clearly as I used to, I can’t process like I’m normally able to, and all my multitasking skills have completely gone out the window! It pretty much stinks – and I really hope I regain some of my brain once the babies come!
So when Doug from The Kitchen Professor asked me about publishing an article on organizing your mind, well, first of all I wondered if he could just organize mine for me! HA! When I figured he couldn’t, I decided the article was the next best thing. Let’s see if he can help…
Healthy habits lead to a healthy mind and if we don’t keep our minds in a good working order the effects can not only be physiological but they can lead to physical problems too.
There are four key areas that you need to address to keep your mind healthy and strong so you can improve not only your own life but the lives of your friends, your family and all those around you. Physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement.
I know, I know. You saw the word “season” and you think I’m already talking about the holidays. Well, no, not specifically.
I’m talking about those time when you can see “busy” approaching on the horizon. Where you look ahead on the calendar and realize that next month is going to be NUTS. You’re instantly overwhelmed and not at all sure if you’ll make it through or not. How do you deal with that?
In the months of October, November and December, I literally slash my prices for my photography business in half. People are wanting photos for Christmas cards, and family is in town for those extended-family shots, and I feel that everyone should be able to capture memories for a reasonable price! In a normal month I do anywhere from 3-5 photo shoots, but in these three months I literally do DOZENS. Did I mention part of the deal is a less-than-a-week turnaround? Oh, and that I’m still working a full-time job and maintaining this blog while I’m doing all these photo shoots? Yeah. “BUSY” is the word!
So in September, I start prepping for the crazy that will become my life in the next three months. And I thought I’d share a few tips with everyone on Prepping for a Busy Season, just in case you see some crazy coming your way!
1. Plan FAR in advance
You may feel silly planning three months down the road, but trust me. When things start happening quickly, and it’s hard to think straight because there’s so much going on, you will be SO glad you did!
Do you get distracted easily?! Oh my goodness, I DO! I love bright, shiny objects and day-dreaming and squirrels…yeah. And in the midst of my distractions I lose a lot of time. Which, in my world, is never a good thing!
As I realized what a problem this was becoming, I devised three strategies to combat my distraction! You wanna hear about them? (Of course you do, you wouldn’t be reading if you didn’t!)
1. To-Do Lists
If you haven’t previously read my post about my to-do lists and you’d like to, CLICK HERE! Basically, I have two to-do lists every day: one for work and one for home. If something is a priority for the day, it gets highlighted.
Most days are pretty busy for me, between the full-time job, the part-time jobs (I have two), the blogging, and trying to take care of a husband and a house. Oh, and then there are the days that include extra items, such as choir rehearsal and grocery shopping and family dinners. Let’s face it, we’re ALL pretty busy, aren’t we?
The only way I have found so far to keep the chaos of the day in an orderly format is a to-do list. It may be old-fashioned, but it works for me! Thought I’d talk a bit about that today!
Here’s my full-time job to-do list from yesterday: