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WW Question: Does Your Schedule Work for YOU?

Does your schedule really work for you? That’s the question I had to ask myself recently. For quite a while now, I’ve posted on Mondays and Wednesdays. It seemed to be a logical posting schedule, but I realized the other day it’s just not working for me. I feel like I’m always ‘chasing my tail’ when it comes to blog work and even worse, I’m not committing as much time to my wellness efforts as I need to because I’m always trying to catch up on other things.

For the blogging issue, it’s simple — I just change my posting schedule. I’m going to try posting on Wednesdays and Fridays and see how that goes. Scheduling my wellness efforts may not seem quite as simple, but it really is. It’s just a matter of making it a priority and setting time for it in my schedule.

Sometimes when our schedules aren’t working for us, we have to step back, take a look at why they’re not working, and come up with something new.

This is especially important when it comes to our wellness efforts.

Whether it’s making time for exercise, planning meal times, or creating a cleaning schedule, we have to be purposeful about our wellness activities.

Now I realize that some of us don’t have the luxury of having complete control over our schedules. If we’re working outside the home, homeschooling children, or running from appointment to appointment, others may be setting our priorities for us. We may have to just work with the time that we do have control over and determine how we’re going to use that time.

As we talked about in Make Your To-Do List Fibro-Friendly, if we’re going to make wellness a priority, we should have at least a loose plan for our time. We don’t have to have set-in-stone times that we have to do things, but having a plan keeps those activities that improve our wellness at the front of our minds.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads: Does my schedule work for me? If not, why not? What could I change to make it work better for me? Do I have my wellness activities included in my daily schedule? If not, how can I include them?

Sometimes we can try to fit ourselves into a box that we just can’t fit into — you know, that ‘perfect time-management system’ others use that just doesn’t work for us. Rather than trying to fit ourselves into someone else’s mold, we need to design our schedules so they work for us.

How’s your daily schedule working for you? How do you ensure you have enough time for your wellness activities? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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7 comments

  1. “I’m not committing as much time to my wellness efforts as I need to because I’m always trying to catch up on other things” < This is my life, apparently all of the time now. I think I'm trying to do too much. I know I am really, and things ramped up with the pandemic as I took on a lot at home, all the shopping, etc, and then trying to go self-employed when too poorly. It's hard to prioritise when you feel it's all important, and then there's that part of you that wants to keep pushing out of frustration. We all know that does more harm than good, but logic doesn't always come into it 😂

    I'm sorry you feel similar with 'chasing your tail', but at the same time it seems I / you are not alone in the feeling. This is a great reminder to review what's working and what's not, so that we're not letting self-care and our health fall by the wayside.
    xx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Caz! You really do have a lot on your plate, don’t you? Like you said, it’s hard to prioritize when everything seems to be so important, but sometimes we really do have to choose. It’s easy to want to keep pushing even when we know we’re pushing too much, but it really does have the potential to be counterproductive. We can push until our bodies just completely sideline us and then we get even further behind. It really is a delicate balancing act, isn’t it? Take care of yourself sweet friend!

  2. Terri,
    I think you do an amazing job posting twice a week! It takes me all week to do one post!
    I love routine but there are weeks when that routine is totally interrupted. So, ‘I go with the flow’ instead of getting frustrated.
    I try to include all my wellness efforts through out my week in eating healthy, getting at least 150 minutes of combined exercise. The biggest challenge for me is always quality & quantity of sleep with FM it seems such a huge mountain to climb even with all of the sleep strategies!
    Blessings you,
    Jennifer

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! I definitely love the ‘go with the flow’ approach. I mostly do the same thing, though I do have to admit there are times I get frustrated when I feel I’m way behind on things. As far as sleep goes, I feel your pain Sister! Fibromyalgia really does have a way of messing up your sleep, doesn’t it? I do manage to go to sleep fairly quickly most nights, but then I wake up half an hour later and lie there for a couple of hours. I hope you’re staying as well as possible sweet friend. Blessings to you!

  3. I love this post, Terri. It feels like a big hug. We can be so incredibly hard on ourselves, can’t we? Far too often, we think we are failing if we don’t do ____ the way so and so does it. Or perhaps we are looking at what they’re accomplishing in the same amount of hours and wondering why it isn’t working that way for us. You said it perfectly: “Rather than trying to fit ourselves into someone else’s mold, we need to design our schedules so they work for us.” — Isn’t it amazing how freeing it feels to simply be ourselves, on our own timetable, and in our own unique way?

    It’s much like sleep schedules really. My husband is a bonafide morning person. He wakes up with the sun and within a very short period of time — he’s ready to go about his day. Me? Oh heck no! I’m most productive by far between the hours of 4pm-midnight (or occasionally later). For years I believed that I was just defective and needed to conform to the ‘right’ way of living during set hours. It made me a miserable zombie who was getting absolutely nothing done. As you know, our sleep is critically important to our well-being!

    We were never made to be cookie cutter versions of each other. It’s okay that what works for you may not work for me and vice versa. It makes us all the more interesting, right?

    Believe you me, Terri, I can relate to how you feel wholeheartedly. It does feel like we’re chasing our tails sometimes and not getting much done. Like you, I had to examine my schedule this month and begin to do what works (for me!) Just as you said, our wellness efforts go down the tube if we’re trying to be too much, do too much, or do what isn’t natural for us. Allowing ourselves the grace to simply be who we are is where we truly begin to bloom!

    Sending my love to you across the miles. Thank you for sharing this awesome post! 🦋

    1. Oh Holly, you always leave the sweetest comments! I’m so glad people are finally realizing that we all have individual rhythms that work best for us. It breaks my heart that you felt defective because God made you with a different internal rhythm. We need night owls like you! I’ve always been an early bird, though since fibromyalgia, I’ve found that’s not always the case anymore. I do still wake up early, but it takes me a lot longer to really feel energetic. I hope your new schedule works for you. Sending lots of love and hugs your way sweet friend!

      1. I agree wholeheartedly with you, Terri! I too am grateful that people are beginning to realize we are all different in our needs. Whether it’s our work/life schedules like you discuss in this post, or our natural sleep schedules – working with our bodies instead of against is always a win!

        I echo your words right back to you. Your comments are always a blessing my friend! ♥️

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