Overcoming Overwhelm

When there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it, this is what I do:

  1. Make a list
  2. Sort my list into highest / medium / lowest priority by marking each item A, B, C.
  3. If there are too many A’s and they all feel important, I HIME (High Impact, Minimal Effort) the list:
    • Give each one’s Importance a value from 1-10 (where 10 is Most Important)
    • Give each one’s Ease a value from 1-10 (where 10 is Easiest)
    • Multiply the two numbers
    • Do the list from the highest to the lowest number value

This creates a simple plan of attack and eases my mind. I am then able to power through the list and get a lot done!


Creative Process

I can mess around with ideas in my head all I like, but it isn’t until I put the pen to the paper that the real creativity happens. I doodle it out, pieces come together, I get new ideas, and then ~MAGIC~.1

It’s a good metaphor for life. Thinking vs doing.


spiral sun doodle


1 It only works if I turn off my inner Editor for a while and let my Creator take over, à la Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.