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   Posted 12/30/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

I am bipolar but am in a depressive state right now. I work full time and I really really struggle when I am at work with concentration and motivation.

I have read so much on this subject and it's much easier to work through this problem at home. I can stick to the whole "only do what is necessary" rule...but here at work, well the tasks must get done. Not only that, but there are people around so I even have to look different than I would at home. So I try and try to only do top priorities and leave the rest, but somehow even that is too difficult.

Today I tried this:

I looked at my full page of "to dos" and felt so overwhelmed. So instead of starting at the top and trying to work my way down (which is not a bad thing to do) I picked something that even though it was a bit tough, I knew it would make me feel better if I accomplished it. It's working a little. I got a task done that I put off yesterday and I feel so much better that its done and now I feel okay about moving on to something else to feel better that it is done too......I'm just so desperate for a little "feel better moment" this is at least doing that for me.

We all know stress is such a huge trigger, maybe this stuff is stressing me out and once it is done collectively I will feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.


Bipolar II
Anxiety Disorder/Panic Attacks

Meds-Lamictal 300 mg, Seroquel XR 100 mg, Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 5mg

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   Posted 12/30/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mogs,

I think you have a good idea to break up the tasks instead of looking at the overall picture sometimes. It is less overwhelming. I wish you success with getting things done at work. And yes, it is harder as we can't just do what we can at work, we are expected to do it all. Best wishes to you.

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   Posted 12/31/2010 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   


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   Posted 12/31/2010 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a really good strategy. Kinda like what I am doing with my credit cards. Instead of trying to pay off the one with the highest interest (which also has a sky high balance due to hospitalizations), I'm paying them off from lowest balance to highest. This makes it easiest to stick with. I felt SOOOO good when I paid off that first card. Now I'm working on the next highest balance & it always seems so much more possible to get debt free when I think that skipping one indulgence can mean a double payment on my monthly credit card amount. It's so nice to see that I actually have available credit. :)
I have a lot of household work to tackle as well. I can't even make it a New Year's resolution b/c it's all just so overwhelming -- but I do like your strategy. I think I'm gonna start in my LR and at least try to get that cleaned up. I have a few simple sewing projects that mostly involve hemming which I want to get to & other than that I think I need to take a page from you and focus on the little things & giving myself credit for at least keeping up on some things. ;)

wishing you a Happy New Year,

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   Posted 1/1/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Mogli: Using that strategy at home is a wonderful idea. Years ago, I used to be a dedicated 100% Franklin Covey user with all kinds of check lists. However, these were my pre-depression days and I have now been struggling instead.

Unlike you, I have found that I can be productive at work but I just struggle at home because my mind is not busy enough. I become quite depressed. I have so much to do so I think I'm going to start with my lists here again. Thank you
for sharing with wonderful reminders!

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