Since today is a Saturday I decided I didn’t have to get up at 6:00 a.m. to do work because Spousal Unit will be around all day to help out with the Gadlet, but then I woke up anyway. I guess I’m starting to train myself into a schedule.
I lay in bed for a while this morning and just let myself feel the chaos of craziness that I’m feeling right now about all of the things that I have to do in this next week. It felt kind of like an internal tornado. When I tried to focus on it, I felt like my mind’s eye was a camera and the stuff I have to do were pieces of paper being swirled around in a whirlwind. I couldn’t see any one specific thing at a time, but sometimes one piece would come into focus and then whirl by to fast for me to grab at it.
Since this was the image that I had and it felt like internal chaos, I did a visualization exercise whereby I divided the central hallway of my brain into 4 doors: dissertation, teaching, other work responsibilities, and personal. Then, I visualized that all of the flying paper fell to the ground as though the wind was gone. Then the wind blew each of the doors open, one at a time, and blew each set of papers that belonged to each issue into the right door. Then I visualized closing the doors.
Sounds crazy and a bit psychobable fruity, I know, but it really helped calm the internal chaos.
It also helped me to decide that what I need to do this morning while I’ve got this time is to make some separate to-do lists for each of these issues. So maybe if I write these things down I will be able to make the chaos feel more manageable.
Plus I’ll get some time today to work on finishing up the Congressional debates. Uh, horay?
Happy Saturday folks!