The Tornado

Written by on February 19, 2012 in BLOG, THE MADNESS OF LAURA - 14 Comments

7 year old : I have so much ‘stuff’ in my head sometimes that it hurts.

The Husband : That’s because you’re like me, always over thinking. Your brother, on the other hand, is just like Mummy …

7 year old: What? Gormless?

The Husband : No, he wanders round in his own little world.

Actually, I think he’s wrong, I do wander round in my own little world but I also understand how she feels when her head is brimming.  Recently my head has been full of things that I need to do and remember, it feels like every time I stop to think about just one thing that I can’t.  It’s like a tornado in there.  And the faster the tornado goes the less likely I am to remember anything at all.  I need somewhere to store it all so I can think clearly, like an external hard drive.

When the 7 year old says she has so much stuff in her head that it hurts I get it. It makes me panicky and I wonder if I might spontaneously combust so I can’t imagine what it does to her little head.

I need an expert list writer to come and sit with me so I can offload. Like Barbara Cartland, complete with full garish multi-coloured make-up,  I could sit on a chaise longue and witter away whilst some poor browbeaten woman types everything up for me.  Hey presto a book, except the end result of my witterings would be dinner money being paid on time, school trip slips going back, review posts being written, the school bus being booked on the right days, emails being responded to, shopping lists being compiled, important social events making it into the diary, important appointments being kept, critical phone calls being made, library books, oh sheesh don’t mention the library books … it goes on and on and on.

So, people, I need tips … tips on how to de-clutter my mind … and if I’ve promised to do something for you, don’t worry, it’s coming … just as soon as the tornado slows to a gentle breeze.

14 Comments on "The Tornado"

  1. northernmum February 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm · Reply

    My head tends to be a little manic and honestly the only two ways I can clear it are running and wine!

    the running works better btw as it doesnt make the head ache.

    however the wine is hugely more satisfying

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm · Reply

      I can’t remember the last time I ran anywhere *cough* but I can definitely try the wine!

  2. Helen Spencer February 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm · Reply

    I actually caught myself making a list of the lists I had once. Game over. We mums are expected to juggle so much stuff that the family think just happens by magic, right? A routine for some things might help. Then an A,B and C grade of importance next to your items on the list(s). A = do it today or die, and so on. Use an A4 diary – it’s ok to carry things forward, just make sure you write them in again on the day you want to do ‘em!
    Spoken like a woman NOT staring at her post-it pad and pile of scribbled paperwork…..

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm · Reply

      I’ve downloaded an app called Wunderlist to my phone which is a list type thing, carries things forward and tells you off if you don’t do something on there ‘do or die’ list.

      It’s certainly helped. Now get back to your list of lists!

  3. bumbling February 20, 2012 at 12:04 am · Reply

    It is about lists. And I hate lists. But you do need to externalise all those things going on in your head!

    I’m a huge fan of GTD – Getting Things Done. It’s more than just making lists – it’s provided me with a new way at looking at what I need to do, what I should be doing now, and how to prioritise, so it’s not just the things that shout loudest that get done.

    Get the book – it’s by a chap called David Allen – or google it – there are tonnes of websites dedicated to it, but don’t get lost in them!! I found 43 folders a really great source of tips – have a look here:

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm · Reply

      I’ve just put this in my Amazon basket … will let you know how I get on.

      In fact I’ll add ‘let Bumbling know how I got on’ to my list of things to do x

  4. Scope February 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm · Reply

    Does your phone have a “task list” feature? Are you a Google enough user to use Google Calendar? Can you see if Dragon would like you to review their voice to text software?

    Wait a second…

    I almost fell for that. See, you presented an IT engineer with a tech issue, and I tried solving the problem.

    Here, let me look at it from a husbands point of view…

    “Why don’t you take this nice glass of vodka lemonade and go relax on the sofa. I’ll take the kids to the park for about 2 hours, and we’ll bring home some takeout on the way home. You just reee-lax”

    That’s better.

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm · Reply

      I’m now using something called Wunderlist … so far so good. Now, I wonder if there’s something called ‘HusbandList’ …?

      PS – Cora is very lucky to have you, could you give my hubby some relaxation/takeaway/removal of kids for 2 hours tips?

  5. Glenda February 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm · Reply

    I’m waiting for someone to invent that usb port for the brain so one can download stuff to an external hard drive. If it can be done without looking like I’m out of The Matrix, I’m in.

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm · Reply

      I agree, long black leather coats aren’t your thing … nor is fighting, in slow motion, in mid air.

  6. Eclipse February 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm · Reply

    I know the feeling… for me lists work, if you have a smart phone try evernote and the evernote widget. I wouldn’t be without them and the lists have tick box options so you can feel smug when you get to tick something off :)

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm · Reply

      On the advice of a friend I have just downloaded Wunderlist to my iphone … it seems to be the ist builder of list builders … I’ll have to let you know how I get on. So far I have about 15 things to-do tomorrow.

  7. English Mum February 19, 2012 at 11:00 am · Reply

    I’m sorry to come back to the ol’ chestnut, but it’s all about lists. I bloody hate lists, but I, too, walk around with a gazillion things whizzing round in my head and I find that I keep one central notebook for everything… things to do…shopping lists… things I want to buy… then I’ve always got it with me. Every so often I transfer the things still to do onto a new page and even if only one or two have been crossed out, I still feel a teeny sense of achievement.

    Since I’ve been doing it I sleep better too. Although there are always the anxiety dreams where I lose the notebook…

    • Laura - AWNTYM? February 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm · Reply

      I don;t seem to have any trouble sleeping, strangely enough. The tornado must have the same sleep patterns as me. I’m heading down the extensive list route.

      By Friday, when I see you, I should be tornado free.

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