Getting things done


I seem to have been here, there and everywhere lately!

Last week I set about completing all the tasks on my to do list that needed appointments, my incentive being that last week was warm and sunny and now autumn has arrived so it was better and wiser to do things early.

So, among others, I saw my hairdresser – felt so much better for having my hair done.I went to the dentist for a check up – for the first time in ages as my OCD wouldn’t let me go for a couple of years because it was scared of what might happen – and as a reward I also indulged in a little bit of retail therapy. Well, it would’ve been mean not to!!

This will sound the oddest thing to a non OCD/PTSDer but last week also marked the first time in a few years when I’d gone out for three days. These illnesses and their associated fear can keep you indoors and it was liberating to just say “no, not going with any fear, I need to do these job and I AM going to do them.” And I did!!

The real world and I saw a lot of each other and I got the last of the summerish weather. What’s not to love?

Meanwhile, the writing continues, although I think that I am going to have to record a message to myself!!!

Let me explain.

Whenever I finish a piece I start to think about what to do next, this leads to me somehow worrying that nothing will come to me or that of the ideas that do come up I’ll pick the wrong one and tell myself off for not picking one of the other ideas.

Ah, that little brain cell voice does like to natter on, doesn’t it?!

The message would be something like this: “You spent time wondering and this morning you woke up with a great idea to work with that hadn’t occured to you yesterday. The other pieces will get written if you want them to, just not now. CHILL!!!”

It’s a fact that the last few ideas that have appeared have been stronger than my previous days options and I’ve set to work on this new arrival first and eagerly.

Also, whilst inspiration can’t be taken for granted and it needs a nudge, fretting really is a pointless exercise!!

Have fun, I’m off to write another (hopeful) masterpiece!! 😉



About Joanne Hayle

I am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on

Posted on October 8, 2014, in ideas, inspiration, Mental health, O.C.D, P.T.S.D, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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