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the pile of dread

Anybody get stressed out over having long lists of things that need doing? I sure do..meep. One thing I noticed about this is that I tend to focus on the whole thing and imagine having to cram all of that pile of whatever into my attention. Like having to focus on a million things at once, I feel the dread rise up in me, a kind of fear. All of this happens unconsciously for the most part and all I know is that it leaves me with a horrible 'in over my head' feeling.

Well..luckily, when it comes to tasks you do on your own, it's rather easy to break it down into steps. Another good thing is that you don't need to hold all that stuff in your head at once. I like to use the dirty dishes analogy. It goes like so:
You have a huge pile of dirty dishes. It looks like it will take forever and you'll be miserable the whole time working on this never ending pile. But let's say you find something interesting to listen to while you start off on your task. You grab one dish, clean it up, then grab another, all the while listening to your favorite music or book or show. You just focus on that one dish in your hands, not the pile. Focusing on the pile will cause you to miss spots and maybe even drop what's in your hands. So "laser beam" attention gets the job done here. Not the worry, not the dread, nor what the pile looks like.

I usually get those horrible dread feelings when I have a large list of comishes. But once upon a time, I started to think about my emotions as tools that help me work on my art. Anxiety was something that never helped me make art or even start on it.  So I decided for a while to only focus on the one thing that I was to work on, no matter what happened. It got me into the zone pretty quickly and I was cranking out art at a decent pace.

Even right now, that orgy comish kinda scared me ^///^ But Kenji gave me these small groups of characters to work with, which helped a lot in focusing my attention on one thing at a time.  So it isn't like "i have to do everything all at once". It's more like just focusing my attention on that one thing, completing it, then the next thing.

It's all about attention, yet nobody ever really talks about it. I don't consider this common sense either. Because if it was, nobody would ever dread any task.  Anywho, hope this helps somebody out there. This bunny's go'n to bed ^.^

Edit: Woke up today and found this handy quote, which sums of everything above in a easy to understand way XD
" The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into managebale tasks, then starting on the first one.
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Added: 5 years, 5 months ago
5 years, 5 months ago
when drawing i like to watch old science fiction and monster movies
5 years, 5 months ago
When I get stressed about having a bunch of stuff to do, I just go back to sleep.  :)
5 years, 5 months ago
Heh, when I'm stressed, sleeping is difficult to get :P
5 years, 5 months ago
I know a very good Stress release Technic
5 years, 5 months ago
I try to go by the riddle "What's the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
5 years, 5 months ago
I'm the kind of person that actually thrives on the feeling of being busy, and having a full plate. It keeps me mobile and feeling accomplished.
If I have nothing that has to be done, a feeling of emptiness develops inside of me. I feel like something is missing, and therefore something is not right in my world. by all rights, I should use that time to enjoy hobbies and friends. And a lot of the time I do, but that feeling will still gnaw at the back of my mind.
So if you don't see me around a lot, its probably because I'm keeping busy in order to maintain my comfort zone.
5 years, 5 months ago
oh yeah. everyday i feel stressed out. its so bad that i need to take pills to go to sleep
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