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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Closing Time - When to Stop Working the Planner at the End of the Day

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I use my planner all day long.


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Upon waking, I start working my planner.

I take morning meds and check them off on my daily goals. (They aren't part of my routine because I have routine meds, in a med sorter, taken immediately at wake up. This is round two, taken with food.)

I check my calendar to decide what to wear if something isn't already set out.



I do all the things listed on today's task list and daily schedule.


That's how a planner works, right? You write it down, do it, and check it off.

But when the sun goes down, I stop doing anything that is not on the planner's schedule for specifically after dark.


I don't stop putting things in the planner. Obviously, I will think of things that need to leave my brain.



Without my planner, I'd forget those things. And forgetting is hard work and it makes me tired as I try to remember.


I don't like it.


But I stop the doing part of my day when the sun sets.


I don't fold laundry. I don't put stuff away because it is listed in my planner. I don't work on a legal assignment.

The sun sets - and I start resting.

I read a novel. I play the piano. I watch tv. I chat with my husband.

Lots of diets say to stop eating after 8 p.m.

Stopping working at sunset works on a similar theory. I am short on free, self-care time.

By stopping all planned work at 8 p.m., I find free time for me.


Etcetera.


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea and one I will remember. As a busy working mom, I am often cleaning, doing laundry etc. late into the night. Just last night I was washing down cabinets and cleaning the bathroom at 9:00pm. As a result, I did not sleep well at all. It was not worth it and could have waited until I had more time over the weekend. Good advice.

Anna Wegner said...

That's a great idea. I haven't really thought about it, but I don't usually open my planner until after breakfast. I have part of a routine that I go through, and some of that is reading my "devotional books" with breakfast. I don't want the details of the day to intrude too soon. Then at night, I usually have a point where I turn my computer off, and don't look at my planner anymore. I like to have some time to relax, take a shower read, etc- wind down from the day before sleeping.

Mary Wimbley said...

I really need to remember this!

Jaime Barfield said...

I leave my planner on my desk and stop working it usually after supper. I make sure that my tasks were completed, fix supper, and then the rest of the day is planner free. Get up the next morning and start again.