O is for Overwhelmed: A-to-Z Challenge

2010 3 3 CAB CLEAN CAB TOP 29 BESTI’ve been overwhelmed a lot the last few years.  I am a person who likes to work on one thing at a time, and have been stretched to multitask, and sometimes never getting back to task A for weeks, which makes me crazy.  I’ve found some coping tricks to help keep me sane.

  1. Keep a list, and prioritize.  Weekly for the overall big projects, and daily for the things you can’t forget in a day.  I do it on my calendar.  The reason this is so important is because the more overwhelmed I become, the more forgetful I become.  10 minutes in the morning can keep disasters at bay.
  2. If you have the space set your work out so you can see them.  I feel more comfortable knowing that it is right there waiting for me.  I have not lost it!
  3. Break big projects into tasks, get the tasks scheduled.  If I have to shellac an object, I need to look at the timing and the daily tasks.  Otherwise the week gets crazy confusing and I don’t know where my extra time is, so, 9-noon I paint or write (best creative time for me) and noon to 5 I shellac!
  4. I rely on timers and my Mac alarm.  No kidding.  Especially on a Facebook break or when painting.
  5. Be ready to compromise.  I was so upset because I never had time to paint, which recharges me more than meditation.  I spent the time to solve the problem, looking at why, and what I could do to change the situation.  For me it was about size and time; I needed too much space if I set up my studio acrylic with canvases, etc, and also did not have the time to be consistent.  I looked at my creativity as something which could be satisfied in a different manner, and switched to watercolors, set up my small space behind my computer, and now when I have two  hours I can turn around and I am ready to go.
  6. Stop when exhaustion takes you.  Really, a dead tired person makes mistakes, no matter what the job.  Sometimes a day off when it really isn’t convenient to recharge changes the entire week, and then the tasks seem lighter.
  7. Learn to meditate.  Go to your happy space for ten minutes to recharge!

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to O is for Overwhelmed: A-to-Z Challenge

  1. susanissima says:

    Those are all wonderful ideas. Here’s another: It’s okay to have a do nothing day. Seriously. I almost had one yesterday, but then I copped out. One hour at a time. When was the last time you hung out in bed for a day reading? It’s been forever for me, but I need to. Hugs.

  2. Sammy D. says:

    Good tips; i like that you are trying to take care of yourself; if this beautiful art is created while you are overwhelmed, I’m not sure I want you to mellow out! Not really. I want you at ease and creative!

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