This post has been inspired by a #SpoonieSpeak chat about how to set goals when living with a chronic illness (you can learn about #SpoonieSpeak here).
Planning life is difficult enough at the best of times, but living with a variable illness can make it even more challenging. Whilst everyone will find something different which works for them, I thought I’d share what I do in the hope that it could help someone.
First off, everything goes into my Google calendar, my lectures get auto-synced and everything else I can add as I go, especially things like holidays or medical appointments which are in a few months.
Then, at the start of each week I transfer everything across to my whiteboard (which you can find here, although I’ve decorated mine a little!), so I can see it easily. I find this easier than a paper diary or calendar because it means I can change things a lot easier, and also because I can see it all the time rather than having to remember to look in a diary.
Everything that goes onto the whiteboard is colour coded.
Black is things I have to do, such as doctors appointments and interviews. Red are things I should do, which includes things like lectures, food shopping and holidays. Finally, blue are things I can do, for example visiting friends or going on day trips.
Planning things like this allows me to prioritise my life, so on days where I am low on energy I can easily tell which tasks I need to tackle first, and which can be ignored or rearranged for a better day.
How do you plan your life, with or without chronic illness?