Things to Do
We all have a list of things that we need to do or we want to get accomplished on any given day. That list can be overwhelming even for healthy person, but especially for someone with MS, mobility challenges or a disability. There have been many days I get up and think about all that I need to do that day and I become paralyzed not knowing what to do first. I try to prioritize, but I still wonder how will I ever get everything done? I believe everyone disabled and/or healthy has asked the question, “How do get all these things done today?” I know when I haven’t gotten my long list of ‘things to do’ finished, I felt discouraged and inadequate because I didn’t accomplish more. Sound familiar?
Having limited mobility and subject to fatigue from MS, I usually have to prioritized—what are the most important things on my list and what do I have the strength and energy to that today? One thing I do before I get out of bed is to ask God to help me do what He wants me to do that day. By saying this prayer or asking God’s help, it helps me focus on what’s truly important to get done. Some days I still don’t have the energy to do everything. So what then? At the end of my day, I make a list of all the things I did that day. When I look back on my day and realize what I did do, I have a great sense of accomplishment.
I got this idea one day when I was listening to Catholic Radio. The founder of the Little Flowers Girl Club was talking about the club and how she managed to get things done having MS and a numbers of kids. What she said changed my perspective on how I manage my ‘to do list’. She explained how she would beat herself up at the end of the day for not completing her list of things to do. She said she finally realized that she should be glad and feel accomplished with the things she did get done. So now every night before she goes to bed, she reviews all the things she did do that day. Isn’t that in genius?
Because fatigue plagues many of us with MS and/or autoimmune diseases, getting one or two things done in a day can be a huge accomplishment. At the end of the day, I try see the glass half full because I did get some things on my list done. Does this work all the time? Honestly, no. It works maybe 75 percent of the time for me. Every day I try to be happy and proud of what I’ve accomplished.
Whatever your physical state may be, take this approach. Prioritize and do what you can do then make a mental note at the end of the day of what you have done. Feel good about yourself and your ability to manage your hectic life.