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! 

4 responses to “Whirlwind

  1. That sounds alot like my morning. Happy reading! (i’m in revision hell today!)

  2. I’m glad the visualization calmed the whirlwind. And hey, whatever works!

    I hope it was a productive and therefore calming day.

  3. How’s it going today?

  4. Oh, I am soooo going to try that visualization. That sounds really great, actually.

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