Fibronaut At Home

Tips For Slowing Down and Still Getting Things Done

on February 7, 2013

When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, pacing myself was one of the biggest challenges I faced.  I was used to running around from thing to thing, all day long.  I was like the Energizer Bunny on crack.  Fibro/CFS has a way of bringing you down a notch or two or ten and adjusting to that has taken me almost two years and I’m still learning my limits every day.  Today, I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve learned for getting things done without killing myself.

  • Give all your focus to what you’re working on.  Don’t focus on time or on other tasks.  Set an alarm for breaks and anything else you have to get done in between.
  • Listen to music while you work, it’ll make time go by faster.  Check in from time to time to make sure you’re staying on task and to pat yourself on the back for what you’ve done.
  • Break up tasks into small pieces and take breaks in between to stretch and drink some water or have a snack.
  • Ask for help if you need it.  If no one is there to help, get what you can done.  Don’t attempt things that you know will cause you too much pain.  I know I can’t lug baskets full of laundry so I let my kids and hubby do that for me.  Sometimes that means waiting until they’re out of school or the hubby is off work, but that just gives me time to work on something else.
  • Have daily goals.  Little things that make you smile and get you in the mood to start cleaning.  My little things are making the bed, opening the shades to let in the sunshine and picking up the bathroom.
  • If something is driving you absolutely bonkers, deal with it first.  The easiest way to get something off the hamster wheel in your head is to take care of it.
  • Don’t let yesterday’s triumphs or failures effect today.  If you got a lot accomplished yesterday, don’t put yourself down if you aren’t able to accomplish as much today.  If you didn’t accomplish much yesterday, don’t think about that today.
  • Be patient with yourself and wait for those moments when you are feeling well enough to do things.  Then, take advantage of those moments but don’t overdo it.
  • Be open to changes in your routine and if something is frustrating you, try to find a solution instead of continually hitting the same road blocks and beating yourself up about them.
  • Just because you don’t work outside the home, doesn’t mean you don’t contribute.  It also doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a day off.  Just don’t be a complete bum.  Go for a walk, still do your stretches, yoga or meditation.

I may be jinxing myself by posting this because every time I think I have everything figured out something comes along to knock me back down to square one but hopefully this post helps someone else.

7 responses to “Tips For Slowing Down and Still Getting Things Done

  1. TTD says:

    I absolutely love this post! Everything is so spot on, and I’m going to re-blog it and share it on FB and Twitter, so that more people can read it and follow your lead 😀 .

  2. TTD says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female and commented:
    Such wise words from a fellow Chronic Illness blogger. Read and try to follow her words of wisdom.

  3. fibee5 says:

    i like the idea of setting an alarm for breaks as i sometimes focus so much on the task i stop listening to my body screaming for a break. cleaned the bathroom today which is something i may have to re assign to hubby as im in a lot of pain and recon later on i’ll get more pain.

    the last point really feels usefull for me to try and absorb as i often feel useless and without purpose even after a day of doing housewrok but esp the days i cant manage anything. i keep meaningto start stretches or yoga daily but im worried it will mean i wont be able to do other things like housework.

    thanks again!!

  4. Reblogged this on Miscellaneous Nerd and commented:
    Here are some motivating thoughts on how to cope with multitasking, particularly when working from home. I believe that these strategies can be applied whether you’re unwell or completely healthy. Whether I am able to apply them or not is another matter…

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