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How can I plan ahead and set priorities?

You may find you have more energy if you spread heavier jobs out over the week, planning to do a bit each day. Some people use up a lot of energy doing chores and are too tired to do the things they enjoy. If you find this happens to you a lot, think about the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Set a balance between these when planning your week, making sure you’ll have time to do things you like. You may find you need to cut some jobs out or ask someone else to help with them. If you plan to do more than you’re actually able to do, it’s time to start asking some hard questions:

  • What benefits could you get from making the changes?
  • Are there any activities you can do less often or drop entirely?
  • Is there someone who can do the job for you or help you with it?
  • Can you say no when someone’s expectations of you are unrealistic?
  • Are your own expectations too high?
  • Can you say no to yourself?
  • Can you make any of the suggested changes to your lifestyle to conserve more energy (pace, plan, prioritise, position yourself better)?
  • What will life be like if you don’t make the changes?

You may like to try keeping a record or diary of your activities during the day. Every half an hour or so make a note of what you’ve done, how tired you felt and whether you had any pain. If you were tired at the end of the day, ask yourself some of the questions above. Think about changes you can make so that you’ll be less tired next time. Try out some of your ideas and at the end of the week ask yourself if it’s made a difference.

Download a sample activity chart (PDF 128 KB) to help you monitor your activities.

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