Dr. Edward Hallowell is one of the most recognized names in the field of Attention Deficit Disorder research (ADD). He has an office in Sudbury, Massachusetts (and also New York City) and I have been on his recommended resources list as a Professional Organizer for some time now.
I was recently reading through parts of his book, “Crazy Busy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!” Originally published in 2008, the information could not be more timely.
You’ve probably heard me say that many of the people who contact me suffer from the Terrible Toos – too much to do, too little time to do it all. This is part of Dr. Hallowell’s observation. He references what he calls “culturally induced ADD.”
Make no mistake, clinically diagnosed ADD is a serious condition, and I’ve worked with many of these people. Others may not be “clinically” suffering from ADHD, but still have many of the symptoms and anxieties associated with it.
Managing a household, pressure at work to get more done with less people, social schedules, keeping a home clean and organized, shopping, and “life” in general can be overwhelming. Now with the kids out of school there is even more to manage!
It can make you Crazy Busy!
Here are some ideas that I hope will help you manage a Crazy Busy life, and help you enjoy the summer even more.
You can’t do it all because… you can’t. That approach simply doesn’t work. Some things you’ll have to delegate.
Just Say No
When I speak with people I often hear about all the things they are already doing and then taking on MORE. They volunteer for too many projects, participate in too many organizations, and it just makes an already busy life Crazy Busy. It’s OK to say “No” to things. Don’t feel guilty about it. Keep life in balance.
If you feel life is getting too busy and moving too fast it’s time to slow down. Feeling anxious and stressed is a good indication that it’s time to slow down. Stop and think: “What’s my hurry, this will get done, there’s no rush!” Be aware of trying to squeeze more things than you should, or can, into one day.
Be Aware of Distractions
Distractions create stress and keep people from doing what they want to do or what they should be doing. Some common sources of distractions include: email, text messages, Facebook, TV, a mess in your office – anything that distracts you from the task at hand. Learn to become aware of distractions and then you will be able to manage them more effectively.
The Multi-tasking Myth
Multi-tasking is rarely the solution to getting “things” done. In many cases, multi-tasking can adversely impact getting things done well and effectively. When you give ONE thing your full attention, until it is completed, you will do it better, faster, and more effectively. No one gets a trophy for multi-tasking, I’ve never seen one, but you will get the satisfaction of doing things well and doing them correctly if you avoid the multi-tasking myth.
Make Time For #1 – YOU
Sometimes things do get Crazy Busy, it’s simply inevitable. But it’s also important that you make time for #1 – and that’s YOU. Do something you enjoy at least two or three times a week. Make time for YOU. Some of my clients like to play golf. Others like to enjoy an afternoon with a friend or taking time to read a book. Whatever it is that you like to do, make time for it weekly. Put it into your schedule book just like you would any other activity!
Need Help Getting More Organized?
The #1 reason people are not more organized is because they don’t know WHERE TO START. This is where help from a Professional Organizer is needed.
If you struggle with clutter, need help organizing your papers, find yourself with the Terrible Too’s (too much to do, too little time), I can help. Maybe it’s time for a Three Hour Transformation to help you get moving in the right direction?