The sun kisses our saltwater hair fair well. Our schedules burst with activity as routines replace the relaxed rhythm. It seems as though we awake one morning to a transformed master piece outside the window. Than it dawns on us, as the crisp morning air embraces us, that fall is among us.
Fall is a new beginning for many as school begins we are inspired to reevaluate goals. I am finally beginning my courses this week. To me beginning school in September is late. I am taking twelve credits, all online: Math, Spanish, Computes, and English. I get a lot of questions about how I do online courses. It is a lot of planning, re-planning, being flexible, and motivated. Let’s jump back to the goals track, for a brief moment. I have found it helpful to have either a monthly or semester list of goals. It helps minimize anxiety and helps with organization.
I have been working on improving my planning system. I got a durable binder from stables, which I use to store planning templates, in addition to my general planner.
Currently I have been using the passion planner template to map out my day.
Planning with a chronic illness can seem nearly impossible. I try to get ahead with school work yet under plan my days. Personally, I am an overachiever. I like to get ahead as much as possible. I know most people procrastinate, so this method would not be ideal. I attempt to accomplish as much as possible without causing a flare up. We all know we need to pace ourselves, but that is easy said than done!
Color coding, stickers, and quotes make anything super cute and fun. I use decorating the pages as a way to rest and de-stress.
Brain fog plays into all this organization and planning stuff. For this reason I use a white board in addition to keep myself on track.
Accommodate you body in your planning. For me I function best mid morning. Doing anything before 7 AM is just not happening. I can’t sit for too long due to my back and my POTS. Therefore frequent breaks are a must. I try to take into consideration that any day can have the bumps of extreme pain, fatigue, dehydration, bathroom marathons, or spoonie vacations (aka an ER or Urgent Care trip). My good days are the beginning of the week due to my chemo. Also take into consideration doctor appointments, IV treatments, PT, or any other spooine activities.
How do you plan out your day?