Go for a walk.
Clean the junk drawer.
Organize your closet.
Empty the trash.
Unload the dishwasher.
Pay a few bills.
Lately, there is simply so much to do. There is always a ton to manage between the work and kids and household stuff, but over the past few months, a few additional layers of complexity have surfaced. There are no easy answers. No quick solutions. I have to be patient and rely on faith, persistence and maybe some luck. Yes, some luck would be fabulous right about now!
Throw in the season of “open enrollment,” the holiday extras, a few unusual work projects and some unplanned financial housekeeping, and … well, “Mama said there’d be days like this.”
I yearn for control, to feel like something is being checked off the to-so list, so I’ve discovered when I hit my threshold, I need to shift gears and just accomplish something, anything – even if it is a simple task like sorting the mail. Check! Ah, success!
This task of tackling something small, something basic, something totally mindless, brings me a little peace and shatters the creative, chaotic block. It works.
While the end of the year brings so much joy, it can also be stressful as work projects build and bosses press for closure. Add in extra family and school obligations, and any other life changes you might be facing, and a breaking point could be in your near future too.
Take a breath. Take a walk. Clean out the junk drawer. And if this approach doesn’t work for you, at least you have a clean drawer. No harm.