Making time to think

a writer's gardenDoes your mind play tricks on you? Does it whirl around in circles making you feel busier than you have any right to feel? That’s where I’m at right now. There’s a lot going on round here, but not as much as my mind would have me believe. Left to its own devices, it swirls around, creating pools and eddies of thought, creating waves, creating whelm. (What is whelm anyway? I know we can be over it or under it, but is there a middling whelm?)

I’m working on a story about organisation at the moment. Clearing clutter. Creating systems. Making space for thought and productivity. One of the experts made the point that we create much of our own anxiety and stress simply by not using the tools at our fingertips. If I were to write down all the things that I need to do, put them in order, pop them on my calendar and schedule time for them, I’d be feeling much less agonised right now. I’d feel as though I had some control. Instead of guessing and worrying and fretting, I’d be calm.

My love of To Do lists is well documented (yes, my To Do book is coming along well, thanks). But I’m going to try something new today. I’m going to allocate time for the tasks that are cluttering up my mind. If I spend half an hour now, it will save me hours and hours of wondering and whelm (I really hope that’s a word – if it’s not, it should be). Relieved from the duty of all that wondering and whelm, my mind will be able to do it’s true thing and think. Technically.

One of the things I love about freelance writing? It teaches me all kinds of nifty stuff.