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Do mode vs. Think mode?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

In trying to cobble together a new strategy, one that maybe won't fail, I've been looking over old journal entries and blogs, and see a common thread. When I'm doing well, I'm in "do" mode, and when I'm bingeing and not exercising enough, I'm in "think" mode.

What do I mean by this?

Do mode includes:
- doing dishes right away
- dusting something the moment I see it dirty
- getting school lessons done with my kiddo even when it's not going well
- ordering something when I think of it
- keeping up with laundry b/c when exercising, the laundry smells if I don't
- getting up at the same time each day and facing the day with a sense of "what can I get done today?"

Think mode includes:
- leaving dishes, often overnight (I know, gross, right? maybe I'm hoping dh will do them? But we don't live in a buggy area, and so far it hasn't resulted in any little invaders).
- letting dust accumulate for about a month (we live in a VERY dusty area - so no bugs, but lots and lots of debris)
- procrastinating lessons we are having trouble with, and then feeling like I don't have enough time to do them once I finally sit down to do them
- leaving internet tabs / windows open for days, even weeks, as I think about getting around to completing my order.
- laundry mountain (intimidating, difficult to talk myself into tackling)
- sporadic bedtimes and wake times (not always my fault for the bedtimes, my kid has a sleep disorder) and facing each day with dread

So, anyone else find these things to be true? Even if your detail level items are different (and I'm sure they will be) do you feel that procrastination or think-mode tend to go with binge streaks, and do-mode goes more with good eating and exercising and feeling generally good?

Today I'm trying it out - I'm forcing myself to switch to "do" instead of "think" (even though this blog could be considered think, BUT I'm actually writing it instead of just mooning around thinking about how I don't deserve to be on Spark b/c I'm not doing anything inspirational)!

So there, I'm switching from think to do. I've got 2 laundry loads peeled off laundry mountain, and plan to keep it going. My dishwasher just finished, and my hand wash items will be getting clean right after I post this blog and do one lesson I've been dreading. I WILL get things done today. And hopefully tonight when it hits my usual binge hour, I'll be so busy getting more things done, I won't even be thinking about food.
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    Uhh huh. I agree 100% with this one.

    "Why do tomorrow what can be done today?"

    3294 days ago
    Right on girlfriend! This is great! I totally agree. When the piles seem to be closing in on me and suffocating the creative thoughts and motivation right out of me, it's 1000% harder to gt back up again.
    Yay for you! Let's keep that ball moving, err, ball of socks? Hee hee.
    What did you tackle last night?
    3295 days ago
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    Yes - I agree 100% ! This is why I love the Nike slogan of "Just Do It" I always feel better, stronger, more confident and powerful and in charge when I am in "DO" mode.

    My we always walk the path of "Just Do It" my friend emoticon
    3297 days ago
    I hadn't thought of it like that, but I think you may be talking about my own tendencies. Nora'sPat just posted a status change that was talking about having trouble thinking when the house is messy, to which I also related--and the fact that the house is such a mess right now relates to my tendency to procrastinate when things aren't "just right". I'm going to try your idea of going into "do" mode no matter how little I feel like it. Maybe that will get me out of my current slump.
    3297 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Amen to this observation. I have always said that there is a clear correlation for me between procrastinating and bingeing vs. the days I am in "take care of the business of daily living" mode when I find myself free of the incessant cravings. I don't know if you are familiar with the website "" but she refers to the piles of dirty laundry as "Mt. Washmore" and she gives a strategy for tackling it. I used to visit the site years ago and have retained some really good daily habits like making my bed, always doing the dishes before bed, taking the trash out daily, doing one or two loads of laundry a day, etc. I struggle with a few chronic health struggles and that can result in me feeling like life is piling up so I remind myself to just take 5 minutes or 30 minutes or whatever, just a short amount of time to tackle one thing that is nagging at me, and it generally pushes me out of my funk. A body in motion tends to stay moving so it is that initial push that is the hardest, I find. Just today, despite feeling generally "yucky" I made myself do 45 minutes of yardwork, including working on a project that feels endless. I am glad I did it. I am so glad you have found the willingness to tackle some things - I bet it will lower your stress and anxiety which, if you are like me, lowers the binge trigger factors. Take care emoticon PS A blog is an action so definitely give yourself a pat on the back for posting it. I am glad you did - I found it helpful and, as you can tell, I can really relate.
    3297 days ago
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    Ha haaaa "laundry mountain"!
    Yup, the only way I accomplish anything is in DO mode. That's why I have to count calories instead of "intuitively eat". I don't think I'll ever be able to do that, because it leads me straight into think mode. I know a lot of people say actions follow thoughts, so it helps to think ourselves into doing what we want, but it's just the opposite for me.
    I love that you're blogging more! You totally deserve the time and expression!
    3297 days ago
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    Yep..right there with you..also, I think "think" mode turns into a vicious cycle. Let's "do" this :).. emoticon
    3298 days ago
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