Are you feeling anxious, needing to make a big decision, or feeling overwhelmed? Some decisions are easy, but others require a lot of thought. If your outcome seems ambiguous just decide to watch this video and don’t forget to do THIS so you can be more effective. It’s a personal policy I have used my entire adult life… simple but forgotten by everyone. Find out what you might be forgetting!
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Hi, I’m organizing and lifestyle expert Lorie Marrero, and this weekend, I went with my new husband to see Jerry Seinfeld. It was so fun. He did stand up and it was hilarious. One of the things that he said was, “I bet the entire audience right now, knows within a very close range, what percent of battery your phone is currently on.”, and everyone was laughing because it’s true and he said, “You know, it kind if corresponds to how you feel.” He goes, “Mine’s 19% and I’m kind of a little anxious right now about that.”, and that’s true but I would like to add that we do have our own battery meter and we’re just not checking it, so how are you doing throughout the day? Are you checking in with yourself? I know you’re thinking about your phone battery, we all do, but I want you to think about your battery too. Are you at 90% or 19%? When you check in with yourself, have a policy like I have my entire adult life that I never make big decisions especially on a low battery.
I want to give you this tool that I learned that apparently came from anxiety treatments, substance abuse treatment, lots of self-care teachings and that is the acronym HALT, H-A-L-T. It stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, so when you’re checking in with yourself and you have a low battery, ask yourself if you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired because you can do something about each of those things to improve your battery score. You’re hungry, you can eat. If you’re lonely, you can reach out to a friend and if you’re angry, you can talk to that friend about your anger or somehow, otherwise process your anger in a journal or beat up some pillows or go take a walk, and if you’re tired, you can meditate for 10 minutes or you can take a 20 minute cat nap or you can just quit for the day, maybe it’s time to stop working so check in with yourself, what’s your percent of battery and think about hungry, angry, lonely or tired when your battery’s low.
If you would like some more tips on how to not feel overwhelmed, maybe you’re looking for a way to find time to get organized. A lot of people are, so I wrote a free e-book that’s called 30 Ways to Find Time to Get Organized, hopefully solving some big problems for you. It’s a free download. You can get it at www.clutterdiet.com/freetips. We’ll see you next time and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.