Embrace a Little Disorder

Submitted by JRameau on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 18:24

Of late I been experiencing case of sensory overload, just feeling over-stimulated by everything. I can not fully figure out what is the root cause to this disorder. Could be poor sleep, horrible diet, not enough exercise, too many digital distractions, maybe my day job is just that tough, or it could possibly be plain avoidance. A little procrastination in one part of your life starts to pile up a list of demands. Demands that creates a mental residue of things needs to be addressed and vie for your attention. My initial thought clean up every part in my life, that would fix it. Despite if I agree with that statement or not, but that is a daunting task to take on. One that does not provide a lot of continual motivation. Can the 'obstacle' really be the way? I was reminded by Josh Waitzkin’s book ‘The Art of Learning’, he didn’t care much for an overly organised pristine environment where everything felt precious . Instead he invited disorder into his life, purposely leaving pictures askew on his walls. Things that would drive other people crazy instead he embraced them, so he was not conditioned to only work in perfect environments but could work effectively in any situation. Once I quickly remembered this instead or wanting to strategize my night with how I could organize my life in a methodical orderly way. Instead like a crazy man I threw everything that was sitting around in my home office right on top of my desk. I wanted it as clutter as it could be.  That comical tower of mass on my desk was actually relieving and stress inducing. I might have found the way out and it was through the obstacle, the overload. At that moment I was finally armed with a better mindset to judicially go through everything on my list and figure out what I really had time to commit myself to and what just needed to be thrown in the garbage with out thought. I wanted to see how far this could take me, I picked up my phone and started typing this post, copied it to WORD, edit it, and now you are reading it. Embrace some disorder, be sloppy, get started and get it done. At the end I was able to sort through a pile of mail, calm my overly stimulated mind, and post my thoughts on it. 😊

Edit: Two days later I revisited this post and tweaked the grammar & syntax. I am really happy to have had that burst of energy to write this and post it with confidence.