Avoiding an avalanche: keeping track without being overwhelmed

Sluff is the cloud of moving snow you see behind someone skiing or snowboarding down a steep slope. I recently re-read a post by Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer) where she uses ‘sluff’ as a metaphor for the mass of notes and memos we accumulate to keep track of what we thought or did. In… Continue reading Avoiding an avalanche: keeping track without being overwhelmed

Impossible to-do lists: why magical thinking isn’t a solution.

A few weeks ago I visited my friend at the allotments. Covid restrictions prevent meeting indoors.  That, together with Manchester’s weather meant it could be a while before we would catch up again. This could be the last warm day of the year, and a welcome opportunity for a good conversation.  The leaves on the… Continue reading Impossible to-do lists: why magical thinking isn’t a solution.

Small Victories #6

Made a difficult phone call and took a walk. Took a humungous effort to actually do each of them. Actually the phone call wasn’t difficult at all. I’d just convinced myself it would be.

Small Victories #5

Left the House I haven’t left the house for a few days and only occasionally in the last few weeks. I’m supposed to do something energetic (or th closest I get) outside every day for both my physical and mental health. Today I joined my partner and friend for their afternoon drinks. I didn’t feel… Continue reading Small Victories #5

Making a promise to myself

I booked tickets to a gig today. It kind of seems like madness. I’m feeling kind of depressed. I’m having a flare-up in symptoms. I cancelled going out on Thursday because I wasn’t up to it. Simple things seem overwhelming. A heavy-metal gig doesn’t seem like the smartest plan does it? Maybe or maybe not.… Continue reading Making a promise to myself