31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 21


31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Please join everyone at Five Minute Friday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes throughout the month of October.

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Where do I start? I was once told that if I couldn’t think of anything to write, to write about not being able to write. So, I’ll go with that thought and write about not being able to start.

I am lacking motivation, oomph, whatever you want to call it these days. I am feeling very overwhelmed. More and more I’m expected to do or deal with less and less to do the doing or dealing with. So, I’m left looking at this or that, wondering where to start and, in some cases, not being able to make myself start.

No matter what I do, there is more to do. Before I’m done with project number one, projects two through ten are before me. So, I don’t start. When there is an overwhelming amount of things to do, nothing gets done. I can’t make myself start on any of them.

What about you? How do you make yourself start when you are overwhelmed?


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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12 Responses to 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 21

  1. 15andmeowing says:

    That is tough. I write lists when I am stressed. Maybe list everything and see if some stuff you can get out of doing-or make one of your daughters do it 🙂

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    • It would sure be nice if that would happen! David keeps pointing out that they are both grown women and should be doing more around here. I end up doing the things when I can because I just don’t want to make anyone upset with me. I’m a wimp, I guess.
      Writing lists is a very good idea. Does it help you get more done? I know it would feel great to see each thing get checked off the list. 🙂
      Have a blessed night.


  2. ghostmmnc says:

    I know the feeling. So many things I could be doing, that I can never get started with any of it, so it just gets worse, and I don’t want to do any of it anyway. Good luck! I keep telling my daughter she needs to come over here and get some kind of organization going, but she’s busy with her 5 year old, and all.

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  3. That’s a very good question. Right now, I try to plan my day the night before. Needless to say, life gets in the way sometimes… So I agree with 15andmeowing, writing down things can help.

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  4. Vanessence says:

    Oh sweetie! I’m sorry you’re feeling this way! For what it’s worth, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’ve been feeling this way for a couple years now, and I don’t even really know why. For a few minutes there, I was feeling like I finally got my act together, and then all of a sudden, it was gone, and I feel like I’ve been floundering now for the longest time.

    My current plan (which if I’m honest has been my plan for months) is to list all the things I want to get done. ALL of them, so that when I seem to find a few spare minutes and don’t know what to do because I’m feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, the list will hopefully give me some guidance.

    I’ll be praying for you, that you feel more in control of your surroundings.

    xoxox ❤

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    • Thanks, Vanessa, especially for the prayers. I will also pray for you, for things to calm down and you to have more control over your surroundings, too.

      So, planning in advance and list-making seem to be what needs to be done to overcome this and, hopefully, get something done without falling completely apart. I would say maybe we all need to try having accountability buddies, but not the “you better do this” kind. It could be more like a “Hey, I got this done today” buddy, but that would just add one more thing for us to do and we’re already overwhelmed as it is. 🙂

      David has been trying to make to-do lists for me to help me remember what I need to do and it does help, especially when I can quickly get things marked off the list before a hundred other things get added to it.

      One of the things overwhelming me is the speed at which I forget things.

      Thanks again for the prayers and also for your encouragement. {{{Hugs}}}❤

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      • Vanessence says:

        I know, right! Pile it on! Give me more things to not be able to finish! lol

        I’m forgetful too. I’ve found writing things down helps me remember. Maybe having a list will help you, too. 🙂 When all else fails, say out loud why you’re going into another room as you’re going through the doorway. There seems to be a link – I know it sounds silly – but it seems that going through a doorway causes our brains to “reshuffle” our memory a bit, wipe the slate clean. So, saying out loud (I mutter under my breath) what you’re doing, seems to help. For me, it’ll go something like, “add cream to the grocery list” over and over as I go from one room to the other. It seems to help! My kids think I’m crazy though. I just tell them it’s genetic. 😉

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