This list includes (but is not limited to):
- I keep a couple of note pads and pens in my bedside table.
- If I'm having a bad day and am unable to get up (or just pacing myself a bit), I jot down notes as things come to mind. This includes everything from groceries, to house chores, to things I need to tell my kids. Everything that needs doing, gets written down. This helps defeat the brain fog.
- When I do get up, I do things from my notes in the most efficient order possible, reducing the amount of energy I expel walking around (ie on my way to the office to retrieve the bills so I can pay them from my bed, I stop at the pantry to check supplies and record what needs to be replenished, then stop at the laundry room to start a load of laundry, before getting to the office. After I retrieve the bills, I head back to bed to rest before logging online to pay the bills.
- I loosely plan out my day based on energy available to me. If I'm in a lot of pain or extremely fatigued, then bed rest for the morning it is and hope I feel well enough in the afternoon to tackle day's chores. If not enough in the afternoon, perhaps the evening. If the whole day is a write-off, then everything gets pushed to the next day.
- I give myself permission to be sick and not able to complete scheduled tasks if I'm having a particularly bad day.
- I do what I can from my bed. This includes paying bills, planning out my day or tasks *before* I use energy getting up and standing around, making calls.
- What I can't do from bed, I save for when I am able to sit at my desk.
- I prioritize everything -- must be done, would like to get done and bonus if I can get done
- On the days I'm feeling a little stronger, I cook double batches of my meal and freeze one for the days that are a total write off. Those are the days I need top-notch nutrition (but obviously am unable to prepare any food whatsoever).
- I break tasks up into small parts. Sometimes I accomplish all the parts, sometimes only a small part, sometimes none of it.
- I delegate what I can.
- Once things are in place, I try to keep them in order. This saves energy the next day and beyond by not having to re-do something I've already spent energy doing once.
- I actively look for ways to reduce my energy output by combining things where possible and putting practices into place which reduce the number of steps I have to take over the course of a day.
For me, organization is the key. It saves time and energy which allows me energy for other things. Every little bit of energy saved, helps by extending my energy envelope!
Keeping organized so I can have
Balance....despite the chaos!