I hate clutter. I hate mess. I’m very tidy. Everything I own is beautiful or useful. I’m not saying this to be smug, I’m saying it to illustrate the fact that despite having no physical clutter in my home, I do have quite a lot of mental clutter. I’ve always found it hard to prioritise everyday tasks because , to me, everything is a matter of life or death ( thanks Generalised Anxiety Disorder). Booking appointments, making phone calls, carrying out errands etc can mount up so much that it becomes a mountain of ‘to-do’s’ that never get done.
As you probably know, I’ve had a few weeks off work, over the summer, and whilst I should have been getting on with some of my tasks and clearing my mental clutter, it wasn’t until I went back to work that I felt energised enough to tackle some of the things on my list. So, Yesterday, I grabbed a pair of shoes that I should have had re-soled last year, and my handbag with the loose stitching and headed in to town. I dropped my shoes off at the cobblers and the handbag off at a repairs / alterations shop and will pick them both up tomorrow. I also booked a last-minute eye test, which was due months ago (helped by a free eye-test voucher, I admit) Today, I sent my old glasses off to get their new prescription fitted (I’ve been wearing the wrong prescription since my last eye test, over two years ago) I also booked a dental hygienist appointment, for tomorrow (Eighteen months overdue) I bit the bullet and with my first pay check in a while, I paid some voluntary National Insurance contributions, so that it’s all up to date. I sewed a popper on my coat and fixed the collar on my dressing gown
Apart from a nice sense of achievement, feeling like a functioning grown-up and possibly saving my eye-sight, more than anything, I just feel like my brain is lighter. I wasn’t exactly lying awake at night, worrying about my handbag straps, but all these little things added up to occasionally crossing my mind, quietly nagging at me when I bought a take-away sandwich instead of saving for new glasses, and filling my already over-taxed brain (again, thanks GAD!) with stuff that it could just do without.
Even those of us who are physically tidy can easily accumulate mental clutter. We can all form mental lists of things we need to do, and with no good reason not to do them. If this is you, I would urge you to try ticking off just one thing, on your list, today. It could be a phone call, an appointment, a text to your mum, sending off for your new passport, sewing up the hole in your favourite cardigan… whatever you manage to tick off, will lighten the load on your brain, I promise.
If you manage to tick one thing, today, try ticking off two things tomorrow. Three things the day after, and by this time next week, you might only have a couple of things left on your list. the bad news is, there will always be things on your list but the key is keeping on top of them. We all like to relinquish responsibility, from time to time, but then we really only have ourselves to blame if things don’t turn out how we want. The more you carry out your to-do’s, the less space they’ll take up in your brain, because you’ll know, for sure, that will get done, and soon.
I’d love to hear about the nagging little (or big!) things that are on your mental to-do lists. Feel free to share, in the comments, below.
Good Luck everyone!