Friday, February 26, 2016

Getting Things Done When You Have a Chronic Illness

If you are like me, you rarely have energy to do much of anything. The day is over, and your to-do list does not have much of anything crossed off. It can be frustrating and disheartening.

I no longer make daily to-do lists. Instead, I have created a chart in my bullet journal (bujo) and a list of routine things.

Used colored pencils, so lighter than usual.
(If you follow me on Instagram, this is the 6th iteration of the graph. I will make further changes as I discover what is working, not working, or missing.)

I added "Weather" and "Sleep" to see if either, or both, are affecting what I do in a day. The chart is on the right-hand page – I note any appointments or other information on the left-hand page.

Example of a left-hand page
I created a bookmark list of signifiers to use with the chart. As I accomplish a task, I put an “x” or the initial(s) in the appropriate column. (Now that it is as perfect as I need it to be, I will laminate it to keep it clean and tidy.)

This graph paper is from a Passion Planner.
Since using this method for the last five weeks, I am less stressed over what I am not doing, because I can see what I am getting done.

Note: I am using a Miquel Rius quad-ruled 600-page notebook. I really like using graph paper, but I will change brands when this notebook is finished – the paper is too thin and I am getting a lot of bleed-through.