Boom and bust is a common routine for those of us with chronic pain or fatigue (or both) - we feel a OKish, so we rush about, trying to cram everything in to the few hours of 'OK' before we crash out with pain and exhaustion. A much better approach is to 'pace' our time. Like a marathon runner doesn't go all out in the first 2 miles - instead they set a pace that will let them use their energy well - and they finish much quicker as a result.
In practice this means switching between activities that are challenging and ones which allow us to recharge from that activity. But it's not easy to get this balance right AND get everything done that you need to.
So we created the Pacing Fridge Magnets set
Here's the basics on how to use it.
When writing the tasks, also think about how you do things. Can you do a challenging thing in an easier way so it becomes less challenging? - like sitting down to empty the washing machine.
It is rarely practical to go and lie down after every task we do. Sometimes it might be needed, but other times it might be enough to simply switch between tasks which are challenging in different ways (and as a result, let the previously challenged part of us recharge) before they make symptoms escalate too far. We can also switch back and forth between two longer tasks that are differently-challenging in order to end up with both finished, but having caused fewer symptoms.
It should contain a good mix of all the colours. If, having seen the schedule, you think it needs changing, simply, move things around until it works for you. Having a 'for tomorrow' section of the board is a good idea, so you can slide tasks into the next day - so tasks still get done, just at a rate that you can cope with.
Using a timer or alarm to remind you when to change activities can relaly help
So you can still keep your day well paced even if it doesn't follow the original plan.
Whenever you need to change the task on a magnet, simply wipe it off with the eraser supplied, or a sort tissue. If this doesn't work, write over the remaining marks with the drywipe pen provided, and then rub them out again - the new pen will soften the old pen marks and remove it easily.
Only use drywipe pens on the magnets.
Do not get the magnets wet.
For some examples of using the firdge magnets, you can also see some of our blog posts: