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How Do You Get Started, Organize, Prioritize, Encourage Yourself So That You Can Get Things Done AND Continue To Keep Up?

How Do You Get Started, Organize, Prioritize, Encourage Yourself So That You Can Get Things Done AND Continue To Keep Up?

A couple of issues my heart failure gives are daily degrees of fatigue and feeling overwhelmed with all the things I want do or need to do, like laundry, housework and yardwork. I'm interested in how YOU handle that or even don't handle it and feel ok about not doing things. Too many days pass and the little I've done irritates me. In my head I know what to do and what to say to myself, but sometimes that isn't enough. Hoping for some new ideas on getting to things and new ways of helping… read more

7 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?... ONE BITE AT A TIME.!! Google has a great to-do list also there's a nap called Todoist. Make a list even on paper of things you want to get accomplished. Prioritize the list most important at the top or least important to the bottom. Now take that list and separate it into the days of the week probably want to start out with no more than five each day. You want to meet these goals so don't put them far away where you can't reach them. That's why I would say stay between 5 and 7. You will reach for the goals and you will exceed them. The sense of accomplishment will be rewarding good luck!!

6 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

That is a really good question. Regarding the fatigue: I am working at being better at accepting that those times of fatigue are going to be there and it's not my fault or laziness or a negative. I try to acknowledge that my heart is telling me it's time to recharge - giving me a 'heads up' to keep me safer. And yes, it can/has lasted several days. That's when I read, I watch a movie I love, I call someone for a good chat, I nap or doze. Sometimes we go for a car ride.
The CHF clinic people keep a close eye on meds and blood work and have made adjustments which definitely helped. We all know meds can cause the fatigue and other things, and my cardiologist is too busy to keep on top of that - or so I've found in my situation.
Because the Entresto has worked so well and my EF is up (and yet the fatigue was still an issue), my CHF clinic person suggested Cardio Rehab. I was pretty apprehensive, but am finding I really like it - because they are so careful with me, because they are constantly monitoring my heart while there, because it includes education and cooking classes as well as the exercise, and because it gets me OUT with other people in a safe environment. I think that has been healthy.
I do many, many things in 'parts'. I vacuum a part of a room, sit, read, etc. and go back and do the next part. I hardly ever do more than one room a day. I asked my husband to leave any dishes in the sink for me to wash and I pause during commercials or chapters in a book and get up to do all or part of the dishes. Last summer I did yard work in 15 minute intervals - often times only 15 minutes a day (but boy do I cherish those 15 minutes!!! Love my flowers). What I can do in March through May will be reduced once the heat and humidity begins.
The cardio rehab seems to really be helping increase my strength and stamina. Sometimes I can do 2-3 tasks in a row before I have to rest.

Most important for me, I acknowledge God through all this. He is in control, He has a plan for my life and a purpose. This would not have been my plan, but I suspect He knows something I do not. I love scripture and studying it, but truthfully, I move in and out of that level of focus. I pray (usually short prayers) - learning to turn to Him sooner when discouragement and fatigue hit --- I am finally learning what it means to "rest in Him" - there is a calm that can be had even in heart failure.
Faith, belief, love, rest, assurance come from Him, not my circumstances.

Everyone, please keep your suggestions coming. We all benefit!!!

7 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I agree with Mauimama tasks that you can farm out great. I have a roomba type vacuum and it also sponge mops tile floor. Love it. I also do tasks over a period of time. Instead of cleaning out all the shelves I will take to shelf first then work down with rests before starting another shelf. This is an example of breaking a large into more workable and easier tasks with rests built in I believe in working smart not hard.

4 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Here I am. Another boring day. I guess I'll try to clean something. Later...

about 2 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I feel overwhelmed before I get up to do something.

about 2 months ago

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