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Monday Mess: The Mental Kind

Not our typical Monday Mess… but is any mess typical (well maybe, the playroom variety, yes)?   I’d like to take Monday Mess a different route every now and again and this morning is one of those agains.
Mental mess can be just as debilitating as the physical clutter that can pile up on the floor, desk or kitchen counter.  And wouldn’t you know, I’ve been thinking, lately, about ways to clear the clutter in the brain.  Of course there are many different kinds of brain clutter, such as;  wandering thoughts,  pesky thoughts of an ever present issue that can overtake our thinking and always seem to subliminally be on repeat (even if just playing as the background noise) and then there is the never ending to-do list that, at least for me, is like the microwave pop-corn of the brain.  Do this.  Pop.  Do that.  Pop.  Don’t Forget this.  Pop.  You forgot that.  Pop.  You still haven’t done this.  Pop.
This continues to happen, even though, I write things down.  And I type them in Teux Deux.  And I make lists in the notepad on my iPhone.  And, I even put deadlines in my Google calendar and yet, still, there is alwaysthose few things on my list that invitably roll over into the next day and the next and, yes, I hate to admit, but possibly into the next 4 months (gee, that feels good to admit).
Well, I decided today, that although these  few things that are following me around daily are not a priority to get done, I’m doing them first and foremost.  Just giving them any amount of mental time has been tripping me up and wasting many amounts of minutes that could have been put to just completing the task and making room for moving on to the next.  Just looking at them roll over from one day to the next. Pop.  Is a To Do in itself.  Pop.
So, ordering photos, posting on Craigs List and putting together “that” post.  Check. Check. Check.  Finishing the books I’ve been dragging out, forever, simply need to be prioritized, even if that means powering down the computer earlier each night.
And what about you?  Do you have items that have been on your “To Do” list for months?  What types of things do you tend to put off?  And if you are good at not putting things off, do you have any tips or tricks to share with all of us?
A few of my favorite sites to help keep track of To Do’s are Teux Deux and Thoughtboxes.
And speaking of mental clutter, I’m sharing some other (a bit more personal) thoughts that have been on repeat in my mind for sometime now, over on the Equals Record.  I wonder if you might relate?
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