Tuesday, 10 September 2013

When did you last ask, "What's on my plate?"

I do it all the time. I get all sorts of things I have to do, things I have to think about, conversations I have to have whizzing around in my head. At the start of a work day, I can cope with that; at the end of one, it can stop me properly enjoying my evening or even inhibit good sleep.

When I get in that situation, I've found a way to calm down the noise and relax. It's simply to get a piece of paper and write it all down - just as single words or short phrases. Once I've noted down everything that's on my plate I can put the list where I will see it tomorrow morning and instantly a weight seems to lift from me. Because now I know it will all be attended to and it doesn't have to keep flying around in my head, bothering me all night.

Now, you can do this with any old piece of paper, but I like the idea of visual metaphors. The trouble is, I'm no artist. Fortunately, though, I know a really talented one: Raine, who maintains the wonderful Lime Tree Fruits blog. I shared my concept with her and she got it straight away.

Raine's perfect design - this is the A5 version

Raine has produced a printable in a range of sizes that you can download for free and start using right away. I hope you will.

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