Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) from the Shining. Look familiar?

“How are things going, Mr. Torrance?”

Me? Work too much?! Nah! Not me. Ok, maybe a little.

Anyone who knows me, knows it’s impossible for me to say no, and even more impossible for me to sit idle. Combine those two qualities, and WHAM! You have yourself a fancy new recipe for crazy busy.

On the up side, I’ve become a master at juggling more responsibilities than there are available hours in a single day. Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll be a master at it too! 

“Come out, come out, where ever you are.”

Have you ever spent way too much time staring at the same line of code wondering why it’s not working? You try this. You try that. And, because your brain is so fried, you keep trying the same things over and over again expecting different results.

Or… maybe you’re a writer, and your protagonist is standing in the corner, tapping his foot, patiently waiting for you to write his next line.

If your brain refuses to participate in an activity for which you need it, that’s a pretty good indication that you (and your brain) need to take a break!

Dealing with insane deadlines, and multiple projects, is not an easy thing to do. It can become even more difficult when you don’t allow yourself time for breaks. They don’t have to be extravagant or time-consuming. In fact, shorter breaks are better!

My breaks usually involve a quick trip to the kitchen for a glass of water. When I need a longer break, I’ll usually take a walk around the block; that takes me about 10-15 minutes. Not only does this clear my head, but it’s also great for my body. And, trust me… my body needs all the help it can get!

Incidentally, if you’re curious about some other ways to stay fit, check out this article on the Creative Bloq: Beat designer back pain with a standing desk

“Now think real hard now. Think!”

No, I’m not daydreaming… I’m dreamworking! Most likely, you have no idea what that means.

Dreamworking is the process by which a person can mentally perform tasks. In my case, dreamworking allows me to write code, work out plot ideas, and/or visualize my character sketches or other illustrations.

What you need to understand about dreamworking is that the entire process is done in your head. The beauty of this technique is that it can be done anywhere, and at any time. You don’t need a computer, an iPad, or a pencil. The only thing you need is a brain!

(ok, who just visualized the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz??)

If you practice dreamworking enough, you’ll eventually start doing it subconsciously. Before you know it… you’ll be a multitasking dreamworking ninja in no time!

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“See, it’s OK. He saw it on the television.”

Turn off the TV! It’s that simple.

Please don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with a little Walking Dead every now and again, but when time is in short supply… do yourself a favor and hit the off switch on your TV.

Public Safety Announcement: Poor little Carol Anne Freeling didn’t turn off her TV, and look what happened. Are you willing to take that chance???

“Good. I want you to like it here.”

Remain positive ~~~ It’s your only chance of surviving the responsibility overload.

Whether you are overloaded by choice, or by circumstance, you need to make the best of it. If you don’t… you’re going to be miserable, things will take longer, and your life will pretty much suck.

So, take your lead from Bobby… Don’t Worry Be Happy!