Does Anyone Have PMS?
I have been trying to really suss out this situation. I have a billing program called iBiz (formerly iWork) that offers the option of graphing your work hours. After one particularly bad year, I did this and I noticed that my billable hours (I'm a freelancer) bottomed out in the five to ten days before my period month after month. It was as if I only understood working and billing for the other 20 days of the month. I have noticed that for me (and incidentally for another friend of mine) PMS manifests as a severe lack of focus. It becomes very, very difficult to operate on my own during those days. I manage to get things done, but it's very hard. I can write down a long list of things to do, but I can only stare at it in wonder and despair and not be able to prioritize the chores--ranging from "buy a car" to "do the dishes" --and set forth to do one of them with any confidence. For me, PMSsing can be very linked to time bingeing and obsessive thinking as well. Okay. So there's the problem. What do I do about it?
I've been trying Chaste Berry (Vitex) extract, lots of Calcium and B vitamins, plenty of Omega 3-6-9 and Evening Primrose Oil--all hormone balancing agents. That and drinking tons of water, and exercising seems to help. The trouble comes when I can't even remember that those solutions exist. So I program my calendar to remind me.
I also talk to friends and try to remember that this will pass. I have noticed that I always feel better if I have a clear schedule, as opposed to waking up each day with a void of activity stretching out ahead of me--something that can happen to a freelancer working in their own apartment.
I post this only to share my experience and how I think the condition of my physical self contributes to my ability to manage my time. I hope it's helpful.