Getting a Handle on What’s on Your Mind With Your Social Security Case—and General Situation
Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants tend to assume the worst, and with good reason: outright denial remains distressingly common, and appeals often take ages to resolve. Unfortunately, as you navigate the SSD process, you may find yourself worrying excessively about your health or finances.
Things may seem bad, but is your situation as dire as your knee-jerk reaction suggests? Could you be overreacting to a difficult, but manageable situation? Take inventory of your status to determine the reality of your heath and finances. No matter the severity of your situation, you’ll emerge feeling better equipped to handle whatever red tape lies ahead.
The Power of Thinking Clean
Steve Jobs claimed that ‘simple thinking’ was far more difficult than complex ruminations, but also more valuable. In his opinion, ordinary people could “move mountains” if they mastered the art of clean thinking.
Performing a Brain Dump
As the victim of disability, you naturally have a lot on your mind. Your best path to clean thinking involves a brain dump, in which you clear all worries so you can focus on more important matters. Find a pencil and piece of paper, and write every single thought in your head, no matter how inconsequential it may seem. Don’t judge—just write.
Once you’ve written all that occupies your mind, it’s time to channel your energy. Jot down any to-do items from your previous brain dump in a smartphone app or notebook. Add new to-do’s as they pop into your brain. Choose a time to delve through the list, and highlight five things you can tackle in the next week. Prioritize these tasks based on which will garner the most value, both now and in the long-term.
Brain dumps and master lists can help you make the most of a difficult situation. The sooner you achieve mental clarity, the more you’ll accomplish, regardless of your disability.
As you deal with the complications of everyday life, leave your SSD concerns to the experienced lawyers at Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP. Please call us today to schedule a confidential consultation.