Taking care of your tasks and your business can be a struggle when going through the three stages of the menoshift™ that are perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. Brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm, coupled with unpredictable changes in energy levels and mood makes looking after tasks more difficult and frustrating.
My first book, DOING intentionally: How to take care of your business through brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm during the menoshift™ introduces the 7 principles of DOING. Helping you to discover ways to lessen the impact of menoshift symptoms, look after yourself and your tasks, and grow thriving businesses!
Brain fog can be enormously frustrating. Making it difficult to think clearly, concentrate and recall important details at the right time. Find out some gentle strategies to help increase clarity and why simply making a note of one task at a time can make a big difference.
Anxiety adds a layer of worries that can make organising and beginning complex tasks and projects feel like a massive hurdle. Learn how the simply sorted approach to organising your tasks and other principles could help to lessen feelings of anxiety.
Overwhelm is a feeling of being weighed down, which can be worsened by having tasks dispersed in many locations and in your head. Discover some easy ways to work around this debilitating symptom including why having one safe place can reduce the impact of overwhelm.
The menoshift can be a time filled with lots of uncertainty. Uncertainties can make it difficult to stick to detailed schedules or follow the good productivity practices that may have worked well for you before you entered the menoshift. Perhaps you can recognise some of these problems as ones you may have encountered:
Have you woken up feeling refreshed after a restless night’s sleep or are you planning a nap in between meetings and other commitments?
Do you have a clear enough head for thinking through a complex problem or are you having a day where brain fog has made everything much harder and slower to complete?
Are you in a good mood for responding to difficult requests from others or reaching for the chocolate, coffee or something stronger to get you through the day ahead?
Are you feeling relaxed enough to deal well with competing priorities or being distracted by a constant sensation that everything feels off and anxiety has taken over your whole body?
Are you finding your current workload a great opportunity to grow and thrive or an insurmountable obstacle that weighs you down with overwhelm?
In my book DOING intentionally, discover why maybe it’s time to stop stressful schedules and pause productivity practices and start DOING instead.
In DOING intentionally, you’ll discover more about the 7 principles of DOING. The first letter from each of the first words from the 7 principles of DOING spell BOOSTED. This may help you to recall the 7 principles and to show that my hope for DOING is to elevate you when menoshift symptoms are making looking after your tasks more difficult.
Explore the chapter headings and subheadings in the book.
Discover some resources and tools, to help you take care of your tasks with the 7 principles of DOING.
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Choose from a selection of different sized notebooks in paperback or hardback designed to be your one safe place so that you can take care of your tasks using the simply sorted approach.
DOING intentionally: How to take care of your business through brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm during the menoshift™ is available as a Kindle ebook or paperback book.
Hello, I’m Karen Currier. During the perimenopause stage of my menoshift™ I was running a business with my partner but struggled to keep going due to the many different menoshift symptoms that changed how I felt and what I could do.
I’m now over 10 years post menopause and have some understanding of what you may be experiencing. I recognise that the troublesome trio of brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm can play havoc with your wellbeing and sometimes your belief in yourself to continue to grow thriving businesses. Possibly with imposter syndrome making an unwelcome appearance!
As someone who loves to make things and change things, I have a love-hate relationship with big projects. My favourite things about big projects include playing with ideas, planning all the possibilities, starting with the 6rst task, iterating agile projects and getting over the 6nishing line. My least favourite things about big projects include waterfall projects with little room for change later, the last few lengths of any project. Of course, big projects mean taking care of lots of tasks!
During my menoshift I’ve completed some big projects including migrating together over 500 websites, creating 100 portraits in 100 days, sewing an enormous patchwork memory quilt for my daughter and DOING.
Developing DOING and writing this book, DOING intentionally: How to take care of your business through brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm during the menoshift™, has been one of the most rewarding and challenging big projects I’ve ever completed. As I began, I still had an ever-present feeling of anxiety and a feeling of overwhelm, but brain fog was already less worrisome. Happily and perhaps coincidentally, part-way through writing, my anxiety dissipated and the feeling of overwhelm gradually reduced too.
I do my best to practise all 7 principles of DOING. I’m still learning how to be kind to yourself first, noticing a positive difference when I do. I have days when I evaluate how I feel and can get frustrated that it doesn’t match the tasks that I need to do. And I need more practise with delegating*. But I love having a DOING Notebook as my one safe place and will need to get a new notebook soon as it fills up. I like to add one task at a time. Using the simply sorted approach is helping me to discover what tasks I do most frequently and those that I don’t want to keep doing. I love that thinking space creates clarity and I’m mostly *DOING 4D.
I hope that by sharing the 7 principles of DOING with you, you’ll be able to make some changes to how you take care of your tasks, to lessen the impact of brain fog, anxiety and overwhelm. And that you’ll be kind to yourself first and develop wonderful businesses to inspire others!