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Two Things You Must Know About Planning








Whether you have a chronic illness or not, life requires planning.  Without it all we are doing is sitting on our thumbs waiting for life to happen.  While spontaneity can be fun, it won’t help you succeed.  Speaking of succeeding, did you know that planning can help you succeed in your personal and professional life, even if you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or psoriatic arthritis.  To help you succeed, here are two very important things you must know about planning:

Number One: Planning can make you more reliable

This is a biggie for those of us diagnosed with a chronic disease.  Autoimmune diseases and other unpredictable illnesses are monsters that have the capability of turning the most reliable person into a complete flake.  Before becoming chronically ill, I rarely cancelled anything I committed to.  That all changed after my third chronic diagnosis.  One of the reasons I became the cancellation queen was because I was filling my calendar the way I did before becoming sick.  Another reasons is that I just said yes to everything without considering if I would have enough time or energy to actually follow through.

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I resolved this issue with careful planning.  It took a few years of trial and error, mainly because I still had to come to terms with the fact that living with multiple chronic illnesses would never be the same as the life I had before, but I finally found my groove.  What I mean by that is by following the advice in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, I was able to plan with my symptoms and pain in mind.  For example, after living with my illnesses for as long as I had, I knew approximately how much time I needed to recover after a big outing.  I also knew that planning anything to close to that event would not end well.  So to ensure that I could attend, well as much as I could as we all know that most autoimmune diseases, chronic illnesses, and cancers can have a mind of their own, I blocked out a few days (more if I wasn’t feeling as well as I’d prefer) before the event and then anywhere from 2-7 days following the event to recover.  By doing this, I was able to plan smarter and could even explain to someone why I was declining their invite.


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Number Two: Plans change!

Yep, that’s right, our health status and pain levels aren’t the only things that can change without warning, our plans can too.  With that in mind, I always makes plans that include backup plans! I began this practice after I started blocking out dates on my calendar, because I became frustrated that my plans went up in smoke after I took the time to rest beforehand.  Sometimes my backup plans are actual plans. For example, if dinner plans with friends didn’t pan out, I have plans to still go out either by myself, with my husband or children, or someone from the original plans if anyone is still available.


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By allowing enough time to prepare my body for an outing and to recover from one, I also free myself to be a bit more flexible.  If something comes up I still have room in my schedule to shift the day that I was going to go out forward or backwards a day or two.

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The best part of seeing my schedule on paper is that afterwards I am able to see how much I was able to do in the past month.  This helps with future planning.  Then of course there is that exciting moment when you discover that all the time you spent planning and listening to your body results in being able to do more than you expected!

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Spring Cleaning Your Chronic Life: Cleansing Your Calendar








Spring Cleaning Your Chronic Life: Cleansing Your Calendar


Do you find yourself having to cancel or reschedule dates/appointments more than usual because of pain and exhaustion?  Are you committing and scheduling like you did before your chronic illness?  The reality is that no matter how carefully you plan, if you aren’t planning with consideration for your diseases your number of cancellations will only continue to grow.

Extra padding

One of the reasons I have been able to increase the amount of commitments I have made is that I schedule them with each of my conditions in mind.  For every date I scribble into my planner I pad it by blocking out a few days before and after.  Commitments that are going to require an extraordinary amount of physical/mental commitment are granted larger amounts of time.  Following this one simple rule has minimized how often I cancel, because it gives my body time to rest up beforehand as well as time to recover.  I mark these dates on my calendar so with a quick glance I know not to make plans on those days.  These blocked out dates don’t always mean that I won’t do anything on them; if I am feeling up to it I may go out to dinner or a movie.  Those outings are usually last minute invites that sometimes work out.  Blocking out dates keeps me from planning too many physically taxing activities too close together.

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Minimize commitments

I had to get over my need to please everyone and accepting every invite that came my way.  A choice had to be made, either I stopped making plans with everyone or I needed to limit the amount I made.  The degree of minimization depends on my physical status.  When my psoriatic arthritis is remission or when my endometriosis is behaving I allow myself to plan more than when all of my conditions have declared war.  Be warned that friends and family may not understand this in the beginning.  Many of mine felt that I was choosing someone else over them or that I was distancing myself from them.  This of course was not true and after a while they could see how this also benefitted them as I was able to follow through on what I had planned. 

Do what you can

Decluttering your calendar won’t guarantee that you will be able to fulfill every date you make, because let’s face it our illnesses have a mind and secret schedule of their own.  However, I have found the more I cater to them by planning with them in mind the more they allow me to go out and play.  You can’t please everyone and your body at the same time and since we have to live in our bodies doesn’t it make sense that they should come first?  I doubt my loved ones would want me to end up bed ridden for months or in the hospital just because I didn’t want to disappoint them.  Are you over committing? Start documenting how long it takes your body to recover from an outing and begin using that as a guide if you are new to padding your calendar.














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