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Body Double Session 5 [Sep. 10th, 2011|01:39 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Once again, the charming gem225 came over and knitted, alternating it with reading.

And again, it was difficult to get stuff done because more and more, I need to think about where stuff is going & what I want to keep.

Fortunately, I made a list before going to sleep Thursday night, so I had a handful of concrete things I needed to get done & once I was in the DOING STUFF mode, stuff got done.

I moved a lot of piles of books around, pulling random papers and stuff from between & amongst them. I started labeling book storage bins again & then recording the authors & titles of what's in them. Filled a bin with books pulled from various places.

I finally wrote out the names & rough dates on the magazines I'm putting out to freecycle soon. Also got a load of laundry done. And I threw a bunch of magazines into recycling! Huzzah!

In talking with gem225, I crystallized something I mentioned to lillibet in response to a comment here on my journal. It's also something that Julie Fast & Dr. Preston tried to explain in Get It Done When You're Depressed... Here's what I said to lillibet:
"Functional me" set up the appointments and since people come to the house, where I am in my default state, my very lameness means that I'll be here, even if I am "Depressed me."
I need to do more work when I'm FUNCTIONAL Me in preparation for when I am DEPRESSED Me. Much like the batch of decisions I set up with findyourfloor for sorting mail... if FUNCTIONAL Me sets up rules or guidelines in advance, then DEPRESSED Me can just follow them & not have to worry about figuring shit out during a time when I can't trust my brain.

Julie Fast talked about it in terms of good days (when you do prep work) & bad days (when you reap the prep work), but I had pretty much ALL bad days until fairly recently. Now I understand more of what she was saying. Much food for thought there.

After cleaning, I ran THREE errands and got exactly what was on my list plus a snack bar. Pretty good for an impulse buyer, I must say! The only downside is the pharmacy clerk confused me and I missed one of the 3 prescriptions I meant to get. Dammit.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-09-10 02:16 am (UTC)
I've been using this method in a different direction, but with similar results. I try to do nice things for myself. Like re-filling the dietCoke when it's low, so that me-of-the-future will have dietCoke. And then I try to turn around and be grateful. Wow! Someone re-filled the dietCoke! someone filled my fridge with food I like! someone tidied my room so when I walked in it felt peaceful and calm! Wow! They must really like me! Oh, right, that was ME!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-21 02:03 am (UTC)
I really like this idea.

I wish I liked myself more.
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-09-21 10:10 am (UTC)
I sometimes wish liking were something one could can. I'd put up a few jars of kjc-is-amazing and you could pull one out of the pantry when you ran low.

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[User Picture]From: lifecollage
2011-09-10 08:13 am (UTC)
if FUNCTIONAL Me sets up rules or guidelines in advance, then DEPRESSED Me can just follow them & not have to worry about figuring shit out during a time when I can't trust my brain.

This is brilliant, and my gut tells me it's something that can help a lot of folks.

Suddenly, my compulsive listmaking makes sense - when I've got all of my brain together, I make a list of what needs doing. Then...I just follow the list. No need to remember, no need to keep so many things running my head at the same time - just follow the list, ding dong, and you'll get what you need to done.

Much food for thought, indeed. I am *so* glad this is working for you, and yay!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-21 02:05 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks! Quite the compliment there.

Yeah, compulsive list-making helps SO MUCH. The problem then becomes managing the lists and not losing track of items if there's a bazillion of them. So far, I'm doing this by using a Moleskine weekly calendar that has the 7 days on the left and blank lined pages on the right. I write appointments & deadlines on the left and stuff I need to remember on the right. I'm also using Post-It notes and sticking them on the blank pages and moving them along to the next week if I need to... that cuts down on the frustration of having to write the same task over & over as weeks pass & it doesn't get done.
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2011-09-10 10:39 am (UTC)

functional me

Love that whole concept of functional Me setting up tasks for depressed Me to follow. I will have to think on that...and breaking tasks down in to more do-able chunks.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-21 02:06 am (UTC)

Re: functional me

Everyone's always told me, practically my whole life, to break tasks down into more manageable chunks, but no one ever really SHOWED me how to do it. It seems simple, but it's not as simple as it sounds because you need to know a fair bit about how you work in order to figure out a do-able chunk of work.
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