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    Do you often feel overwhelmed or 'brain fogged'?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The95Writer, Apr 22, 2014.

    I think I have been giving myself too many priorities (writing being one of them) and now I feel overwhelmed where I can't really think hard enough and so forth. So I am taking a break from writing and doing anything for at least today.

    Have you ever felt this way also?
     
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    Not that I can recall. Never felt any confusion or lack of focus ever since I discovered my true calling of helping people on message boards.
     
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    You know, I did, very much so. In the end, it turned out I needed lots of vitamins, iron, B12, b6, D. I must have been deficient, because I feel a million times better.
     
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    Whenever my 4 year old screams, cries, and whines I feel that way. I can't think at all, and it takes me a little while to recover. That's why I get nothing done when he's around.
     
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    Yup... happens to me a lot and always at the most inconvenient times. I'm just starting to come out of a patch of it, atm.

    Seems there's only so much my brain can take in the way of multi-tasking and the more I have stacked, the likelier it is to happen.

    It helps to spot the signs and ease up before it reaches that point.
     
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    It's one of the reasons I resist scheduling myself too far in advance. I start to feel pressured as the 'must do' dates pile up, and then I just want to go and hide away somewhere. It's awfully easy to say 'yes' all the time, but it can get you swamped. I've recently dealt with this by refusing to commit to anything inessential more than a day in advance. And as a result, I'm getting a lot more done!
     
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    Same here but even when I think I've distributed the load, something unexpected upsets the applecart again.
     
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    Oh, yeah. You're never really 'safe' from the swamp, are you? But I boggle at people who schedule every minute of their day, then every day from now till the end of time. They get lots more done than I do, that's for sure. But yikes.
     
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    I find that the more I schedule, the less I actually do. Writing is a creative activity and spontaneity is a function of the creative aspect of your brain, so I try to have them match up as much as I can. Like, today, I know I'm going to write. I don't know when or how much. I don't necessarily know what I'm going to write either. However, writing will be done today. Some people would panic over such a loose schedule, but I personally resist structure. Maybe you do, too?

    I find that this leaves one less stressed. Also, try to focus on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking gets a good name because some people seem to be efficient at it. Not everyone is. Not everyone can be, honestly. I'm not. When I'm writing, I need to be in that world. I can't be dealing with forty other things or have my mind half on another story. Otherwise, it shows up in the writing or some of the writing leaks out through the holes I've poked in the protective condom around my brain.

    So, anyway, remember that life isn't a to-do list. Write because you want to write, not because you have to. Even if you do have to.
     
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    Brainfogged ought to be my last name sometimes, as I have put my novel aside for the last few days, ,until I feel more inspired and less cranky. The last two days I have run out of soup, with no interest in writing whatsoever. Good to see I am not alone.
     
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    Sometimes, I get my notebook and pen, and I can't write anything. I want to but I can't. I can't focus. I simple can't. Really frustrating.
     
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    Always :D

    I have only a month to prepare a lot of things (products, banners, folders, cosplays props for friends, fix my own cosplay) for a nerd convention. Writing isn't in my schedule now (but I wanted to write a short for my new project to show in the convention).
     

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