When you want to tip everything out of your head and sort it out

When you want to tip everything out of your head and sort it out

Please tell me I’m not alone in this, do you ever feel like there is so much going on in your head that you want to just tip it all out and sort it out. Like a blog post for example, I’ve got all the words and ideas swirling around in there I just can’t seem to communicate with my brain and fingers to type them out in a coherent form. Just me? It’s not just blog posts though, it seems to encompass everything, from making conversation to managing everything that’s going on in our lives.

We’ve got a paper calendar, phone calendars, letters pinned up, to do lists scrawled on receipts and on my phone. Inevitably the information I need is on the one thing I don’t check or on the receipt that I’ve thrown in the bin. Obviously. I’ve tried timetables, planning out ‘my ideal week’ and writing to do lists for each day. I guess even having everything recorded in one place like on my phone makes sense but it just isn’t me.

My husband is always reading books that help with organisation, business and generally being better at stuff, I guess you might even call it self help but I think he’d wince at that term. I call them business books, but apparently that’s not right either, *insert rolling eyes emoji* He’s got a myriad of apps on his phone that all work together to keep him on top of everything. I can tell you for a fact that he’s come a long way from the scruffy, disorganised bass playing youth worker he was when we first met. So, yes, he’s constantly recommending apps and organisational tools to help his once crazy organised and efficient wife, but as of yet nothing has worked for me. We are very different people though, I’m very visual and creative and he thinks in words and not pictures (he actually can’t visualise anything in his head, weird right?!). I’m much more of a massive piece of paper with loads of doodles and lists stuck up on my office wall kind of person. Yet, even this isn’t working for me at the moment.

I feel like I’m trying to run in every different direction whilst stuck to the floor. Even keeping on top of school activities is stressful, having a kid in the juniors and one in the infants is another level. I’ve got letters and text messages coming out of my ears, especially at this time of year. It seems like just when I think I’m doing well, I always manage to forget something, and boy, do my kids not let me forget it! The little you know whats!

It’s like trying to scale a mountain that gets bigger and bigger the further you climb

I wake in the night panicking about forgetting something. I go over in my head, feeling sure that I packed an order wrong or that there’s something going on with school tomorrow. Of course in the light of day I can be rational and work it through, but try telling that to my 3am crazy irrational self. Or I think of an AMAZING blog post idea and practically write the thing in my head only to wake in the morning and remember nothing, nothing! I should probably keep a note book beside my bed for times like that. I do love a good notebook.

So much so that I actually kid myself into thinking that in buying new beautiful notebooks they will have magical powers to make me more organised. Each one is filled with spider diagrams, endless lists and incoherent rambling that must have made sense at the time. I tried having a note book for each area, like one for the shop, one for the blog etc, but then I’d go out to a cafe to work and forget one so would end up writing in the wrong one and then forgetting where the info was when I came to act on it.

Not good.

This is where you lovely lot come in, HOW do you do it??

Any help, hints and tips will be gratefully received.
Or are you like me in this? A fellow endless mountain climber?
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13 Comments

  1. December 9, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I am like you, I was recommended to have a pad by the side of the bed though, so I could tip it out of my head in the middle of the night and then hopefully go back to sleep without worrying. Hope you find a way, and then blog about it, because I’ll then copy you Xxx

  2. December 9, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    This. Completely this. I would love to empty my head. At any one time I have my husband’s shifts to think about, my working hours, school runs, childcare, what’s for dinner, have we done the food shop, washing, ironing, cleaning, the blog, photos for the blog, emails for the blog. Then we have next year’s holidays, A’s homework, house plans and decorating, trying to find carpet for our hall, finishing all the odd jobs everywhere and then trying to make time for friends and family.
    I can’t even write a list because I would find it so overwhelming I would probably just cry. I completely get this – and would love some tips too but tbh, until mine and Hubby’s work situations change – which won’t for literally years – we just have to keep making all those plates spin which means very full heads! x

  3. December 16, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I am the very same. Mr P is always trying to get my to use my iphone calendar for EVERYTHING I just can’t do it. And I am the same I need to write it down and see it on paper. I like making physical lists, to dos, doodles too. lol I think if I put everything digital it would be the one time my phone dies and I need to be somewhere with something and not know where or what. Typical. You aren’t alone. Great post (sharing it on littleloves this week wink wink). Glad we are all in this chaos of life together trying to learn to climb that endless mountain.

    • December 16, 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Good idea, I’m off to link up now 😉
      Think I’m going to make this a bit of a blog series – Project Organise Me, haha xx

      • January 6, 2016 / 3:46 pm

        Oh I like that idea hunny. Thanks so much for linking up to #ShareWithMe Happy New Year beautiful!

  4. December 18, 2015 / 9:53 am

    I’m afraid I have no tips as I am completely the same. People have got used to my crazy disorganisation and doing everything last minute, I think for a couple of years they let me off after having the twins but it’s not getting any better, if anything I’m worse and I used to be so on top of everything!! In the new year I plan to write everything down, start afresh with a new diary and notebook and try my hardest to use them and not loose them, haha xx #sharewithme

  5. December 28, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    I’m another one who is the same. I tried daily to do lists to keep myself on top of things. I even included things like ‘Get dressed’ because otherwise I wouldn’t until it got to 3.05 pm and I realised I should be on my way to school, or ‘make dinner’ because it would get to 6 pm and Cheeky Chap would start whining that he was hungry. But then I found one list too overwhelming and I’d get upset at all that I HADN’T managed to do in a do, rather than what I had done. I started a new blog at the end of 2014 and resolved to make a real goal of it, be more organised and consistent with my posts and yet I still haven’t managed it. Slowly I am getting a little better. I’ve got a planner to review which is a column layout (with 4 or 5 columns) on one page and a notes page on the other page. I’m hoping that 2016 is the year I nail it! My husband tells me to use my iCalendar, because then it will obviously sync with my MacBook and iPad too but I just can’t, I seem to forget more electronically because I just snooze or dismiss reminders!

  6. January 6, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I think everyone is like you, especially Mums as we are holding so much crap together, I am a list lover, diary keeper all those things but these past couple years I can not get my shit together. A break usually helps, even if just for a night to clear your mind and evaluate how to start a fresh. xxx

  7. January 9, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Ha! love the idea of getting rid of it all. How nice. I try to keep a main list going – pretty much everything I need to do. I tick it off when it is done. Only way I remember to get stuff done!!!! Love a good day sorting things out – best feeling ever 😉 Happy new year! Jess xx

  8. Susan
    January 10, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I am obsessed with my bullet journal – Pinterest it! People laugh at my devotion to this little book but don’t seem to realise it ensures that they get fed, get to all their clubs, take the right stuff to school on the right day and get any present at all for Christmas ! It literally is my constant companion.

  9. January 10, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Oh Morgana this totally hits the nail on the head with me right now. Man I feel like i carry around a bag full of diaries and notebooks and still don’t know what I’m doing. I love stationary so a pretty new notebook is always high on the list but i’m the same as you when i look back i think what?! I’m trying the passion planner this year and yes we are only on week 2 but so far i’m loving having a place to put everything-though you can guarantee i’ll still feel lost at times. good luck and let me know any miracle cures x

  10. January 20, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    This is me everyday. I have notebooks and calendars and to do list and reminders on all my devices and they all pretty much say the same things on them yet I still have the fear of forgetting something! I actually found that good old list with EVERYTHING on it is the best way…. and always carry that around with me. But I also found that going through your old note books also gets you super inspired again! so don’t worry about writing stuff everywhere… Embrace it!! 😀

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