THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - Are you a binge thinker?

Posted by | June 28, 2012 | Thursday Thoughts | No Comments

With thanks to Peggy this week for an interesting article about personal focus and our eternal attempts to try, and be, too much.  The article discussed the frenetic pace of our professional lives and the notion that we have an eternally full in box of worries which we can never clear.  We’ve touched on time management tips in the past, but we haven’t, until now, explored the degree to which we are driven by intuition or by external influences.  So this weeks question is:

“Are you a binge thinker?”

The article suggests that if you answer yes to three or more of the statements below, you could be well overdue a mind-detox.  How do you fair?

  • do you wake at 3am worrying about unfinished tasks and how you’ll never clear your to do list?
  • in a work meeting, does your mind drift to fretting about what so-and-so really meant by that e-mail?
  • do you obsess about previous arguments?
  • is your commute to work consumed by worrying about the day ahead?
  • do you deliberately drink caffeine to cope when you feel tired but then feel increasingly jittery?
  • do you look at Facebook, Twitter and your e-mail the moment you wake up and feel the need to respond at once?

The article suggests potential solutions around doing one thing at a time, diet and exercise but I’m sure many of us have had particularly stressful times in work in the past, and we have these (and other) ways of coping and producing our own mind detox.

My own coping strategy involves turning my blackberry off when I’m at home and having a “one in one out” approach to saying yes to more work, on the basis that I can do it if something else stops.  I’m not saying its been a complete success all of the time, but it is something I’ve used.  So, do you consider that you have suffered from binge thinking and if so, how have you coped?

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  • Alison Crawford says:

    Guilty as charged! I have done all of those statements, although I think I’ve moved on somewhat. My worst is the lying awake at 3am, thinking or dreaming about my work.

    I do find exercise quite useful. If I’m running I use the time to do some proper thinking, which is when I can have some epiphany moments and think out some soultions. For me, being outside helps me gain some perspective and maybe the endorphins give me a more positive view of things. However, if I need to stop my brain churning, I find Tai Chi helpful, as I can’t think about anything else when I’m practicing my form.

    Something else I find useful is that immediately after work, on the way home or when we first arrive, my partner and I discuss our day at work. We get out all out successes and frustrations and then move on. That’s it, no more dwelling.

  • Aresko says:

    Sounds like you know when you need a mind detox Alison! I too am guilty at one time or another – its when I sling my camera around my neck and seek a bit of solitude.

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    YES YES YES YES to all of it. How do I cope, not very well really having spent last two weeks working every evening! I agree with Alison with the running thing , it does help me have a mental sort out. As Sharon well knows i like my to do lists as well, but after my mentoring session this week I ripped it up (and am still in shock). Did have a bit of a reality check this week and a friends daughter has found out she has a serious illness so has put life back into perspective a bit. Also trying a little mantra (again suggested by my mentor) ‘just because I can do it, doesn’t mean I should be the one doing it’ to see how that works. Wish me luck

  • Aresko says:

    Good luck Peggy! Perspective is a wonderful tool, engage with it often.

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