Hey gang. This week, instead of telling you about how to buy a car in Japan as promised, I’ll be telling you about how I’m wading my way through my days in life after Corona. Last week, if you were picking up what I was putting down, you will have noticed that I wrote about the mental strain that is my life since getting back to work. This week, I will discuss a coping mechanism I have developed to get things done.
Most of my life I’ve been a list-girl; making lists at the drop of a hat when planning for trips or when needing to get some groceries done. I attribute this mainly to being raised by list people. Some of my earliest memories involve sitting on my mothers’ kist as she sat on her bed writing a list for the groceries that we would need to buy for the month. Other times she would write lists for whatever sorry soul she wanted to send out to the shops, and other times it would be a list for things we would need on our holiday.
Unfortunately, the list rarely lived to fulfill its intended purpose. When we would finally go shopping on Saturday morning, my mom would often forget her list, or not use it even though it was in her handbag. So even though I grew up to be a list-person myself, making a list became a process I subconsciously do to think things through on paper.
But here I am, a few months from my 30th birthday with a brain that feels like it’s melting, practising those same list-making practices, but this time I’m getting things done! For some or other reason, when I came back to school, I found that my brain was leaking: I had things I needed to do every day over and above just attending class but I kept forgetting. So because I write my class schedule in my notebook every morning when I get to school, I started making a list of the things I needed to “achieve” on that day.
Every time I complete something that’s on the list I fill in the little red square next to that item. This was working great until I stopped having things to do! For a few days, the only thing I could write was the word “Blog”. This wouldn’t be so bad if my brain was taking work orders in that department, but unfortunately, no blogging was happening. The solitary red block looked out at me, almost mocking me, day after day. It was at the end of a full day of having classes and getting only a few minutes to myself that I finally had a breakthrough.
That day I wrote:
“Go through emails,
These weren’t particularly earth moving, but they were things that were bigger than me that day. Crossing each one of them off felt empowering. So since that day, these are the things I’ve been putting on my list. Easy bite-sized activities to get me through even on the most hectic of days.
I still struggle to cross everything off of my list before the end of my day but it’s refreshing to know that I’ve done something, however small, even on the hardest of days. Every day, I move closer to the level of productivity and clarity I had before “the incident”. And every day my list gains more substance. It’s a silly thing but I’m finding it helpful for the post-covid reset. What ways are you using to get yourself out of the mental rut? Let me know below, maybe they’ll help me get that post about the car up next week.