Thursday, February 28, 2008

To Do Lists

What's worse than throwing up? Worse than diarrhea that feels like Niagara Falls of the colon? How about both at the same time?

That pretty much describes my weekend a couple of weeks ago. After spending 48+ hours in bed (and in the bathroom), I was 5 pounds lighter and had a "to do" list that had grown to monstrous proportions.

Not only were there emails, phone calls, and bills coming in, but ideas constantly floated in my head as I lay on my bed in this half-dream state. I found myself jotting these thoughts down on dozens of post-its which are now all over my desk and bedroom floor.

So, what do you do when your inbox is overwhelming? My first impulse is to go out for a walk, coffee, tea, or anywhere but having to deal with the daunting task of an impossibly large inbox. This doesn't get anything done, but at least my mind can relax.

Can you help with this? What do you do when snail mail, email, phone calls, requests or ideas from friends, and inspirations from your own mind pour in at a rate much too fast for you to keep up with? When there are literally a hundred plus ideas to be carried out, how do you determine which ones to pursue and scarier which ones to let go?

I find that frequently there are so many ideas or suggestions that instead of letting them go, I become paralyzed and unable to fully follow through on any of them.

This is not how I want to live my life and I turn to you for ideas on handling ideas. Ironic, I know.

Any suggestions regarding shortening that inbox so that the real gems can become reality are much appreciated.

Love Much,


Today is the first day of the rest of your life!


Everyday Yogini said...

Kris, I'm so glad you are feeling better. I've had what you are describing one time in my life (knock on wood) and it was TERRIBLE.

In any case, the only way through it is through it, right? I would go through the admin in 10 minute spurts until it's managed. As far as the ideas, I keep an idea book. Work with the one that most calls to you first. The rest will still be there in your book when you are ready for them!

Be well!!

rand(om) bites said...

Gosh Kris, I'm glad you are on the mend now too - not fun! In regards to catching up, I don't have any advice. The only way I get through the emails etc is by just doing it. Top to bottom and keeping it as short as possible. For the ones that need more thought - I put aside for when I can spend more time. Good luck!

Linda (Sama) said...

"What's worse than throwing up? Worse than diarrhea that feels like Niagara Falls of the colon? How about both at the same time?"

actually what's worse is doing exactly that in India AND being about 500 miles away from your friends in India who can help you...

but I made it -- after working my way back 500 miles AND ending up in an Indian hospital with an least my friends were with me!