My long time readers might notice a vast increase in activity on my blog. As I mentioned previously (did I mention previously? I never remember my old posts), I’ve been using a planner and scheduling my days out every morning; I always try to include some time to write at the end of the day. I’m aiming for three posts a week even though I write almost every day… my last post was the first one I scheduled for publishing ahead of time which felt like a major accomplishment; having so much material that I could post something the next day without having to write it! This one is being written on the fly at the start of my work day because I had a slightly chaotic two days. However, thanks to my visual schedule, I was able to move things around instead of falling into hopelessness and giving up on all of my goals.
So what happened? Well on Wednesday I assumed, incorrectly, that group therapy was cancelled because the therapist was on vacation. I didn’t know he was back and I mindlessly disregarded the email sent over the weekend reminding me of the appointment. So around 1:00 while looking through my gmail trash folder I saw the reminder that I had to be at therapy at 5:00 until 6:30! I had planned to eat dinner at 6 and simultaneously practice Turkish on Duolingo and then make some progress on my UDEMY courses. So I shuffled it all around, ate later and practiced Turkish at the same time and managed to get 30 minutes of UDEMY work in before I started my evening routine at 9. 30 minutes was plenty because all I was doing that day was setting up the programs I’d need to use for all of my courses.
On Thursday I planned to get up at 5:00 to go to the gym early because I had a run scheduled at lunchtime but due to my own ineptitude at programming Alexa, I woke up at my usual 6:00. It all kind of worked out though… I did my run at lunch like I planned and moved my usual workout routine to 8:00. I was debating doing it all day until about 5 minutes before I left which kind of re-emphasized to me how important it is to plan ahead (I never wrote the 8:00 time on my schedule so it wasn’t concrete in my mind). 8:00 is when I was planning on writing for this page though so I had to skip that til this morning. No biggie, it’s getting done.
If you don’t have a planner I definitely recommend checking it out. I use the Full Focus Planner but you could even just use a notebook. I like the structure of the one I have; makes it really easy and fun to fill out. Friends told me to plan for years and I always thought it was a waste of time; now looking back I realize all the time I was already wasting by not having goals. We all have to learn somehow, though…