Based on the daily writing prompts on Twitter, I write very short stories (#vss365) about the Captain, First Mate and Deckhand in every-day situations.
The scene in the galley baffled the Captain: “What the hell–are those napkins?”
“Yep,” said the Deckhand, smoothing a fold in the fabric.
“Satisfying, too,” said the First Mate, and added another fabric roll to their stack.
We tend to get angry with ourselves for not getting enough done in a day. But no one has the same amount of energy every single day. After all, we’re humans, not machines.
Especially after a period of stress – and the forced high-energy caused by adrenalin and other stress hormones – you can feel exhausted. However, not doing anything can cause anxiety in its own right, so more stress.
To avoid that, do something simple that involves using your hands (calms your Deckhand) and gives quick satisfaction (calms the First Mate), without needing lots of planning or structuring (gives your Captain a break).
- Folding clean laundry (or napkins).
- Arranging items according to shape, colour or size (pens, cutlery, books, etc).
- Stacking items (like magazines that all need to go on one shelf anyway).
- Jigsaw puzzles (if you like those).
The task you do doesn’t have to serve a larger purpose, but if you do end up clearing out a drawer or cleaning a space – hey, that’s a nice bonus!
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