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Feeling energized from Fulfillment Friday, I am ready to face the challenge of another week. It's time to stop and think about the important things I want to get done this week. It's time to set some goals and targets.
As I discussed earlier in the week, I made the concept of a list of six daily priorities into the more fibro-friendly list a six weekly priorities. I felt so discouraged when I was faced with the prospect on Monday of having to admit I couldn't get everything done on the daily to do list I posted on my blog the day before. So I took as step back and on my day of pausing realized that I was being too hard on myself. Then I remembered the structure of the continuation group I participated in from the CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self Help group: we only posted targets once a week! It clicked that a daily to do list at this point in my life is too ambitious. A daily to do list sets me up for failure. So I learned and remembered and, refocused on success, I adjusted accordingly.
Being chronically ill means I need to be flexible and understanding of my limits. It means living with the unexpected, being O.K. with a sudden change in plans and learning to go with the flow. My best laid plans often go unexecuted, especially when I have a flare-up in my symptoms. Type A personality traits and chronic illness don't work.
I'm learning the lessons of patience and delayed gratification. After all, if I can't be patient with myself, how can I expect anyone else to be patient with me?
So here I go:
- Submit a writer's resume, cover letter and writing clips for the ChronicBabe "fibro writer" opportunity.
- Submit my logs detailing activity, heart rate and perceived exertion to Meg at the Workwell Foundation via email.
- Think more about my motivation to keep my home clean and complete chores around the house with this quote in mind:
"Self-discipline is remembering what you REALLY want. When you can consistently remind yourself in loving ways what you REALLY want, you will fulfill your dreams." ~ The FlyLady
- Incorporate more rest into my daily routine.
- Continue to catch up on my emails from the CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self Help group.
- Spend time each day writing a blog post on the August theme of tomorrow.