Watch out Scooby Doo! 

27 Aug 2022
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Our mental health can be as unruly as Scooby Doo’s tongue (he might aim for a bite of that huge ham, cheese, tomato, and mustard stuffed baguette and ends up with the entire thing)!   

 

For me, this unruliness can often mean a lack of clarity in thoughts and organisation. I am by nature an organised, pro-active person, but I can struggle with putting things into the best order of priority and I frequently have 4, 5, 6, 7, and more things on the go at any one moment and threatening to crumble. I make lists. And these can be frustrating. Watching something be repeated onto Tuesday’s list, then Wednesday’s list, then the next week’s list, then resigning it to the long-term list and finally watching it scream at me “I’M UNDONE” from the page – oh hells bells Zzzzzzzz. 

 

Perhaps the answer is simple. Perhaps we would be best placed to pick one clear focus when we peel back the eyelids each morning. What one thing do we want to achieve before sundown? 

 

“Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you, we need some help from you now” 

 

Love from

The room above the garage 

A Moodscope member.

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Valerie

Aug. 28, 2022, 6:36 a.m.

My humble ambitions for this week are to return a phone message left from a friend 2 weeks ago,and clear out the cupboard under the stairs.The latter is a challenge,trying to avoid hurting any spiders,and organising the huge pile of bags for life that I keep paying for. I am waiting patiently for the surge of energy and optimism that I get every early autumn before tackling anything more serious.***

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 28, 2022, 7:51 a.m.

Hi Val, I always feel like the kids going back to school is a new year start - clean everything out!! Good luck with the BFL’s!!! Bear x x x

Mortimer

Aug. 28, 2022, 6:38 a.m.

Ah, lists. Coming form a lifetime in an industry where everything was listed, planned, analysed and organised to the n’th degree, retirement carried forward the perceived need for lists. Which I then agonised about not achieving. Now I put everything on lists - and then cheerfully ignore them until I’m bored - then I’ll have a sneaky look and see what’s interesting or higher priority. Otherwise I live in the moment.

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The Gardener

Aug. 28, 2022, 9:34 a.m.

Mortimer, love your attitude to lists, very philosophical. there is a song, Crosby? Sinatra? We're always being busy trying to find things not to do'.

The Gardener

Aug. 28, 2022, 11:25 a.m.

Thought of another song 'gone fishin; instead of just a wishin'.

Sally

Aug. 28, 2022, 6:41 a.m.

Thanks for this. I loved the reference to ****** Doo, which my son used to absolutely love! Focus is the word I retain from the above, something I’m often bad at. I have a craft room I sorely need to organise. I scratch the surface and bolt! Top of the list of one today. You are right, Room, with a modicum of organisation, everything falls into place . I’m fortified by your blog today.

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Teg

Aug. 28, 2022, 6:55 a.m.

Good Morning RATG ****** Doo where are you? I remember a little from the dim and distant past. Lists can be a very useful tool in organising your life. But they can become counter productive if they start controlling your mind. I don't make lists as part of my daily routine. I only write a list when the number of priorities seems to be getting out of control. If an item has been on the list for several days I can only conclude it is not that important. So I guess you need to balance between the usefulness of having a list against any stress it may produce. So I suggest adding another item to todays list "Consider merits of using daily lists!" Have a great day (with or without lists) Txx

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Jul

Aug. 28, 2022, 7:36 a.m.

Morning ratg I am not a to do list person. However I write a shopping list for my OH ( He like shopping and lists neither of which I do) and another one if an important event is coming up and I have to remember to do things for it. I have priorities each day when I'm in the UK which involve a longish walk along the beach and reading the newspaper. I'm afraid I'm very vague about lists and other things to do. They are there in the back of my mind (must start clearing the attic for example). We are all different. I am vague sort of person and deal with whatever comes my way. I guess I'm lucky to be able to live like this. It hasn't always been the case and as you all know I suffer with anxiety etc! Interesting blog ratg. I've missed you all but have read the blogs over the last week or so which have been really great. Jul xx

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 28, 2022, 7:49 a.m.

Yup lovely Ratg, - laser-like focus this morning: I got up, made us a cuppa and took his to bed so Mr. Bear could lie-in. I said I was taking mine out into the garden to do a bit before we walk the doggits. That was 2 and 3/4 hours ago - have been sat writing to peeps, checking swimbles that peeps have been on…suddenly it’s late!! But tbh we have nowt planned for today - it’s a take it as it comes, day! I only write lists for shopping usually. I usually know when I ‘have’ to do something and try and get on with it! Downsizing has meant there’s nowhere to leave a pile of ironing, so I have none! It has to be done to get it out of the way ;-)) Try not to let everything spiral out of control in the mind. Things will get done, in your own time sweet pea. The dust will still be there again tomorrow or the day after - even if you move it around today! I lurved Rooby Roo…and often Baby Bear and I call each other Raggy!!! (Rooby Roo is ****** Doo and Raggy is Shaggy - in ****** Doo’s wonderful way of speaking!!) Have a super Sunday Ratg and lovely Moodscopers. Love and Bear hugs x x x

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The Gardener

Aug. 28, 2022, 8:23 a.m.

Hello from ANOTHER sunny day in France, it's lovely, my surviving flowers lovely - but can't do any vital gardening till we have rain. Hope 'mindfulness' in my system. Done chores, including clearing up after supper party - going out to lunch, tell self it does NOT matter if I DO NOT achieve anything else today. Re-reading letters between Nancy Mitford to Evelyn Waugh, and Tom Woolf's 'Bonfire of the Vanities'. Will also have a go at 'Le Point' to try and make sense of the world today. Love the ****** Doo sandwich (never seen the programme). Does anybody remember the craze for open sandwiches (Danish creation?) You would be standing up at a cocktali party, bite into this sandwich - tomato would slip off, then bit into a WHOLE slice of beef and got the lot. Loads of carpets must have been ruined by olives/shrimps, wallies* etc sliding off. BIG project - moving to Italy. Have a super sunday y'all, *** * Gherkins

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Jul

Aug. 28, 2022, 8:35 a.m.

Hi Gardener. I have enjoyed so many books about the Mitford family. I've recently read Daphne Du Maurier's letters to her friend in Paris. We had a lot of wonderful very wet rain in Normandie last week. Love to you. Jul. xx

The Gardener

Aug. 28, 2022, 9:36 a.m.

Hello Jul, weather always changes half way up the Cotentin. We had two hours on Wednesday night. xx

Valerie

Aug. 28, 2022, 12:07 p.m.

TG,I am re-reading Waugh's "Scoop". It's about a gardening columnist who finds himself sent to cover a war zone by the paper! ***

The Gardener

Aug. 28, 2022, 3:26 p.m.

Valerie, I have most of his books, love his humour: Vile Bodies, Black Mischief, The Loved One. This last about crazy US funeral habits. Then Jessica Mitford wrote a book 'The American Way of Death' caused a furore in funeral industry over there. xx

Mary Wednesday

Aug. 28, 2022, 9:44 a.m.

How well, I recognise this - that thing on the list which stays there and stays there. I am finding my business coach is great here: he whittles my list down to one or two tasks (occasionally a third small one), all of which can be accomplished in the time frame. I wish he would manage my domestic life too, but he is very much a business coach only. We need to have a laser precision as to what is important for today. Everything else goes on another list. That list can be reviewed every morning, and some tasks will be shifted to today's list but at least the guilt is off. Today I have done some cleaning. Now I am resting. Tomorrow, I write some blogs to publicise an event I'm holding in a couple of weeks' time. But not today.

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Patty

Aug. 28, 2022, 5:07 p.m.

I used to love to watch ******-Doo. It was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid. Especially loved Scoob. I am not a list maker. Never have been. I only make lists when I am going on vacation of what I need to bring and do before I go. I also make shopping lists but not daily to-do lists. I probably could do a little better in the organization department. I do appreciate those that make lists and accomplish a lot though.

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Oli

Aug. 28, 2022, 7:05 p.m.

****** Doo was great; one of my favourites. Funny that I'm reading this at the end of the day ratg because as it happens today was all about achieving the one thing that I failed to achieve yesterday (because yesterday was so "bitty"). Today had focus. And progress has been made. Thank you for the blog ratg; hope the day went well!

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Ach UK

Aug. 28, 2022, 11:25 p.m.

Enjoyed your blog Ratg. Juggling lists very familiar to me.But in my case the process often fails as my short-term memory box sometimes fail to assimilate new tasks . . .and some days later produces magically as per the rabbit out of the hat a list of the undone . . . .and like . . cor blimey I've forgotten auntie's birthday and oh my I forgot to pay X number of bills! When I remember, I now scribble my to does into a big page a day diary which sits atop my paper strewn desk. When it works right it means the to do is entered on the day it received, tick, this is useful. and when, and if, I get round to it I can note the done date too. Sounds terribly organised, lol, but I'm not, and I'm taking comfort in the generalised falability that I can see many others here most generously have mentioned. Dear Ratg, " Bien venue, Willcomen, Welcome, " Life is a cabaret old chum Come to the Cabaret " Hope today comes Sunnyside up for you. ( and please excuse mizspels and scrambled lyrics ). XX Ach.

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Orangeblossom

Aug. 29, 2022, 9 a.m.

Many thanks for your blog RATG.I enjoyed reading it & was reminded to retain my focus.yesterday I spent the whole day reading ‘Animal Days which a friend lent me. It is an excellent read. The author has the problem of doing too much. Until he collapsed &caught hepatitis. The author is Desmond Morris who presented zoo time from London Zoo in Regents Park. I never saw the programmes.

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Frankie

Aug. 29, 2022, 9:14 a.m.

Hello lovely RATG! My solution is to have a weekly list - sometimes I highlight in pink the "must do" items. I find that a weekly list removes the guilt of not ticking everything off a daily list. By the end of the week if something hasn't been done, it goes onto the next week's list in red. If certain items keep appearing each week I put them under a "maybe" list, or I stop adding them. If I am feeling overwhelmed, I use a yellow highlighter for "should do" or time-consuming chores and a green highlighter for "could do" or quick chores. I find that once items are highlighted it shows me what I am avoiding, as my tendency would be to busy myself with the green items ... This has proved extremely helpful, both in getting things done and reflecting on why I am avoiding certain chores. Some days I have to abandon the list and use my mantra "anything I do is a bonus". Then I aim to do just three things, which could be as small as a washload, an email and getting out for a walk ... Fascinating topic, thank-you! Frankie

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