I don’t know what it is about spring, but suddenly EVERYTHING is happening. I guess people have come out of their cocoons for winter. (And if you’re in California or something, I don’t want to hear about it.)

Anyway, it’s prime time for moving –relevant to me right now, weddings, graduations, etc. etc. And it makes people want to DO things. Forget New Year’s Day resolutions, I don’t know about you, but suddenly I’m ripe for a life overhaul. Longer days and less miserable weather make that more conducive than freezing rain and winter weather advisories.

But the downside is that it can lead to OVERWHELM.

And total paralysis. Because you know, it’s logical to think, well, if I can’t do everything, then I’ll do nothing! I’m not sure why the human brain works like this. I’ll ask the human brain programmer to rewrite the code not to explode with too much input. But, until then, let’s look at overwhelm. The first thing that comes to mind is something told to me a million times, yet as a “creative person”, I recoil from: making lists.

So simple, I know. But It gets it out of your worrying mind and onto a piece of paper. One less thing for you to remember, and a reminder so you don’t hate yourself later. Of course, the next part is checking things off that list. It’s odd how we resist things that feel so GOOD when they’re done.

And the irony is, those onerous tasks are not really so onerous when we actually do them.

Making that doctor appointment – five minutes.

Writing a blog post – five minutes, maybe 10. Well for me anyways, once I start on a topic, it just keeps flowing. Setting that alarm earlier – 20 seconds.

Now not all of these take so little time, but it’s amazing how much energy these little tasks take up hanging over our heads. Like little gnats or mosquitos sucking the life out of you.

So forget that “all or nothing feeling” and just do the easiest thing on your list. It will propel you further. I got up earlier and knocked out a few before noon today. And I am NOT a morning person. Hey, if I can do it, I have no doubt that you can too.

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Finley the Flute

May 2015
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