I am not good with organizing anything–not the room, not my drawers, sometimes not even my thoughts. It isn’t uncommon for me to have multiple ideas at the same time–plans, current projects, new endeavors, daydreams, chores. I would obsess over the ideas until I get overwhelmed by everything. Then I would sit on my bed with a blank stare, left paralyzed.
While I love obsessing about these flights of ideas, being overwhelmed by them leaves me feeling helpless and sometimes frustrated. This kind of frustration leads to two things: a long nap and one or two unproductive days.
To try to fight off being overwhelmed by life and everything that it entails, I like writing lists and drawing plans out on multiple notebooks. Some might think this idea is pretty obsolete when we’re in the advent of smartphones and going paperless (don’t worry, I recycle!). However, I find that paper still appeals way better to me, more than electronic notes and lists.
+ I use the planner to write down duties, chores, reminders, meal plans, shopping lists, deadlines. Mind you, I rarely ever write anything under the right dates (my mind just has this inability to plan my days ahead) unless they’re important dates like appointments, birthdays, etc. [Note: I just realized that my planner isn’t included in the picture above!]
+ The inspiration notebook has everything I like and any idea that comes to mind. It’s like a visual journal, where I keep everything that inspires me and memories I want to make sure to remember.
+ Then, there’s the sketchbook. It has everything and anything else. It has plans and blueprints. Sketches and dreams. Mostly, it’s where I play with my long-term plans and business model ideas.
+ The new handy-dandy notebook.Recently, Mean Bean came home with free notebooks from work and being the notebook/stationary hoarder that I am, I just had to use at least one of them there and then. I just call it the “handy-dandy notebook” because it’s the one notebook that’s always in my purse. EDIT: This notebook has been replaced as of 2013, with an even smaller notebook, but it serves the same purpose.
To stay functioning and sane (for the most part), I have to unload ideas and mental clutter once in a while. It helps clear my head and make space for even more ideas. It’s just like how we sometimes have to restart the computer when it’s starting to run slow; how most of us need to rant or vent about everyday stress in order to unload the emotional burden.
How do you clear your head or deal with mental clutter?