Monday Mess . The Mental Kind

Not our typical Monday Mess… but is any mess typical (well maybe, the playroom variety, yes)?   I’d like to take Monday Mess a different route every now and again and this morning is one of those agains.

Mental mess can be just as debilitating as the physical clutter that can pile up on the floor, desk or kitchen counter.  And wouldn’t you know, I’ve been thinking, lately, about ways to clear the clutter in the brain.  Of course there are many different kinds of brain clutter, such as;  wandering thoughts,  pesky thoughts of an ever present issue that can overtake our thinking and always seem to subliminally be on repeat (even if just playing as the background noise) and then there is the never ending to-do list that, at least for me, is like the microwave pop-corn of the brain.  Do this.  Pop.  Do that.  Pop.  Don’t Forget this.  Pop.  You forgot that.  Pop.  You still haven’t done this.  Pop.

This continues to happen, even though, I write things down.  And I type them in Teux Deux.  And I make lists in the notepad on my iPhone.  And, I even put deadlines in my Google calendar and yet, still, there is alwaysthose few things on my list that invitably roll over into the next day and the next and, yes, I hate to admit, but possibly into the next 4 months (gee, that feels good to admit).

Well, I decided today, that although these  few things that are following me around daily are not a priority to get done, I’m doing them first and foremost.  Just giving them any amount of mental time has been tripping me up and wasting many amounts of minutes that could have been put to just completing the task and making room for moving on to the next.  Just looking at them roll over from one day to the next. Pop.  Is a To Do in itself.  Pop.

So, ordering photos, posting on Craigs List and putting together “that” post.  Check. Check. Check.  Finishing the books I’ve been dragging out, forever, simply need to be prioritized, even if that means powering down the computer earlier each night.

And what about you?  Do you have items that have been on your “To Do” list for months?  What types of things do you tend to put off?  And if you are good at not putting things off, do you have any tips or tricks to share with all of us?

A few sites of my favorite sites to help keep track of To Do’s are Teux Deux + Thoughtboxes.

And speaking of mental clutter, I’m sharing some other (a bit more personal) thoughts that have been on repeat in my mind for sometime now, over on the Equals Record.  I wonder if you might relate?

image Wendy MacNaughton Print via 20×200 / la la lovely



  • bonnie
    Commented on September 25th, 2012 at 7:00am

    I’ve had “book a massage appointment” on my list for a few months now. The “to do’s” for me usually are the things that stay on my list for awhile but today I’m booking that appointment!

  • Trina
    Commented on September 27th, 2012 at 9:46pm

    Oh that is a great to do to check off the list. Hope you got your appt. scheduled….and enjoy that massage! xo . t

  • ginger from the style of being
    Commented on September 25th, 2012 at 3:21pm

    Gah. Mental mess. That’s me. I just get so caught up in thinking about my to-do list, I’m too distracted to think about any ONE thing. And so I flutter around my desk and nothing gets done.

    My best tip is alternating desk activities with something physical. I need to type/blog/tweet/edit or whatever for a period of time and then get up off my butt for a while and DO something. Like pull weeds or wash dishes or spraypaint bookcases.

    Oh and snacks. I forget to eat…or don’t feel like making something so I work way beyond the lunch hour. Nutritious and ready-made snacks are a must. Gotta feed that brain.

  • Trina
    Commented on September 27th, 2012 at 9:45pm

    That sounds like me….it takes me a good while to get to the list and then when I finally get in a groove I have to stop. Great tips….thanks for sharing! xo . t

  • Miz. November
    Commented on September 25th, 2012 at 9:57pm

    My mental mess usually consists of things that I start and never finish. This is my favorite Monday Mess post to date.
    I read your post over on Equals Record. Amazing. So beautifully written and very touching. I think we are all a little guilty of feeling less than grown-up most of the time.

  • Trina
    Commented on September 27th, 2012 at 9:44pm

    Thanks so much, Jo. I’m trying to grasp the fact that everything will never be “all” done and to not let it fill up my thoughts so much. And thanks for reading my post over on the Equals. It was one of those times I wrote something, sent it off and thought … oh maybe that was too personal but every now and again its good to bare a little of your soul. xo . trina

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