Organize Your Brain

I started the last semester of my undergrad degree this week which means that my life is back to being not just busy, but hectic. As I look at all of the upcoming homework assignments for the next four months I go through a major panic attack. How am I going to do all of this homework, plus take care of my family, plus work, plus everything else I need/want to do?

At some point during the panic attack I remember what I need to do to be successful and get it all done. I need to organize my brain. I know it sounds weird to say I am going to organize my brain, I guess really it means that I need to focus and not freak out.

Instead of letting all of the random thoughts I have rumbling around in my head bother me, I am going to focus my thinking. I sit down (preferably somewhere quiet) and I start to ask myself questions to help organize my thoughts. What do I have to do and when does it need to be done by? What is important and what is not? What has to be done by me and what can I have someone else do?

By answering these questions I can clear my head and calm myself down instead of getting overwhelmed. I am able to figure out where I need to start (the homework assignment due tomorrow and my blog post), what I can outsource to my husband or the kids (picking up toys and doing dishes), and what I can let go of for now (organizing my office).

So, when you start to feel overwhelmed because you have a lot to do and don’t know where to start, my advice is to start with your head. Organize your brain and you will gain some clarity and will (hopefully) be able to avoid a major panic attack/breakdown.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ageorgiaangel
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 11:39:15

    Great post. I too am overwhelmed with all my new projects that I have started this year. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try this out.
    Karen ~Georgia Angel


  2. Jill
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:08:43

    My brain just goes stright from chaos … to overwhelmed … and beeline to panic attack. I do not think my brain registers anything else.


    • Jill
      Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:09:47

      P.S. Congrats on the last semester of your degree. I have been debating with myself for awhile now … on going back to get my Masters. Way to Go!


      • Jessica D Torres
        Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:16:12

        At the start of the semester I always have a panic attack, my brain cannot handle the four months of assignments all at once. But once I start to break everything down and look at my to-do’s individually I start to calm down and then I can organize my brain. Thanks for the congrats. I has taken me 6 years to get my undergrad degree and now I am applying for my Master’s. I would love a break from school but I know if I stop now I will never go back. I hope you go back to school and get your Masters if that is what you want.

  3. Crystal Jigsaw
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:30:58

    Great post. I’m getting better with an organized brain but I do tend to do things spontaneously. I have lists in my head and they need organising!

    CJ xx


  4. JamieLynnDodd
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 09:53:56

    Sometimes I feel like my brain is a lost cause LOL. You made great points though because there’s nothing worse than drowning in stuff to do and just standing there freaking out. Thanks for the reminder that I just need to slow down, calm down, sit down, and think 🙂


    • Jessica D Torres
      Jan 20, 2011 @ 10:17:11

      Freaking out won’t help you get things done, it will only make it worse. I think it all starts in our heads and once we get our heads clear then we can accomplish our to-dos. Good luck!


  5. Minivan Mama
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 12:10:52

    I need to hire a house cleaner for my head! Great advice.


  6. jessplassmeyer
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 18:17:11

    I love your blog! Thanks for the advice, first semester (and last of my MBA!) doing school and being a mom, overwhemled is an understatement of how I felt this week!


    • Jessica D Torres
      Jan 20, 2011 @ 19:27:23

      It is hard going to school and being a mom, I have been doing it for the last 6 years so I have a lot of experience. The first week of school always seems the most overwhelming but once I get my head organized it seems to get easier and I am able to focus on what I need to do, I hope this helps you out. Congrats on your last semester of grad school and good luck!


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