You’ve been in a slump lately. You’re still in bed and have yet to eat breakfast. Writing may as well be nonexistent at that point, too. Maybe even feeling like the entire day is ruined now. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’re being lazy. You may be like me, living with Executive Dysfunction. If not, try the power of “putting your hair up.”
What is the Power of “Putting Your Hair Up“?
Putting your hair up can be both metaphorical and literal. Well, if you have long enough hair like me to do so, that is. Regardless of the length of your hair, you can still take one hundred percent advantage of this kind of power. What is the power of “putting your hair up”? It’s the little things.
It is making a list of little things you can control you can accomplish throughout the day. For those of us with long enough hair, we can comfortably compare that boost in confidence with the endorphins from the physical act of putting our hair up. So, when we’re able to accomplish these little tasks they give us enough of a boost in confidence in getting larger and more taxing tasks accomplished. Yes, you could chalk it up to the saying “accepting the things you can control when things feel out of control”, but I like my phrase a little better :).
What Can I Do When I Put My Hair Up?
Excellent question! I live with executive dysfunction so I’m also going to list some tricks from a medical site. Please keep in mind not everyone suffers the same so not everything listed will work for everyone.
- Make a step-by-step list
- Use visual aids to guide your day
- Use calendars to keep track of long-term assignments, due dates, chores, and activities
- Ask for written and oral instructions whenever possible
- Schedule a weekly time to clean and organize the workspace
One thing many people fail on is not being specific enough or being too broad. There’s nothing wrong with getting super-specific when listing out tasks and what tasks are required to accomplish one task to complete the entire task with. Mouthful, I know. It can be as specific as “get out pencil and paper”, “put a name on paper”, “put a due date on paper”, “read directions”, etc. The same could be said for writing your stories, your novels, blog posts, and more.
Another important point to remember is to have a little grace with yourself. We are human, after all. Like I said, not all of these will work for everyone so it’s normal trying something else that does work for you.
What works for YOU when putting your hair up?
I’d love to know in the comments below 🙂