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Cecelia J. Bonwick is the pseudonym of Jane Smith

Each New Day is Your New Slate

March 6, 2017

Hi Everyone,

How has your week been? I hope you felt well and positive.
This may seem in essences as if I am repeating myself… but I do have a logical reason. Have you been able to make some goals for yourself each day this week


this year? Are you managing to keep a diary or your planner for 2017 making it a working asset for you personally? I hope you can say yes at least to the last one. 
First, some news about us.
Kadi started back at Uni. I have just started my module for Editing at Uni… I am definitely doing everything back to front as an Author… (Smiley Face) 

My Book, 'Her Father's Shadow' went up onto Amazon for sale. That is why we are late with this article. So many people helped me promote my book... Family, friends, people on Face book, Twitter, Linkedin - just to name a few. And because of that help, my promo sales went up in the top 30 for our Australian suspense...  reviews of  3 1/2 star rating on the main Amazon site... 4 1/2 stars on our Australian Amazon. So I am very grateful. 

This article will look at:


•    Reminders of keeping a planner                 

•    Why we should plan

•    When we should plan

•    Why we need to check our planner

•    What areas do you want to make plans for?

•    A couple of Hints from me

•    Coming soon 


This year is power housing away at lightning speed.

It doesn’t seem more than yesterday that we were looking at 2016… yet here we in the third month already.

In previous blogs, I have talked about diaries and planners… I am a planner, myself… We talked about the ten to fifteen minute time frame for setting achievable goals to help you reach a feeling of accomplishment in the busy world we live in... or an effective way for us chronically ill ones to successfully pace ourselves more effectively.
What do the two – Diaries/planners, goals and fifteen minute projects - have in common?

Possibly, they are both something we always look at, at the beginning of each year. But is that enough? What do you think? I’d say no - it isn’t enough. Planning is not only good for the abled-bodied but also for those that are disabled. 
So, let’s start small - Look at daily planning first


Why Plan our Goals or daily activities?



A new day is a clean slate of history for us to write on.
Planning our daily activities is in effect, making mini-goals for the day.
We can refer to it. 
It is a check point of:
a. What the goal is. 
b. If we have reached it. 
This gives us an option. If we have reached our goal, what is the next move to plan? 
a.    Make the next goal for tomorrow that will take us further along in our journey. It might only be one step at a time. But if we are moving in the right direction forward… 
b.    If we have failed to reach our goal - without bashing  
ourselves up
- we need to examine what the road bump - the issue - that caused us to not reach it, was. Examine the why, when, where, how and now what of our goal.
That gives us the basis for daily planning. 


When to Plan

Each night… write your achievable activities or to-do list for tomorrow. Keep your planner where you can see it... along with a pen… 
Use it during the day
•    to mark off what you have completed 
•    To jot down all those bits that get written on that elusive piece of paper
These daily plans are mini-goals of activities.

They give us - yes - an achievable goal or set of goals for tomorrow. We wake up to a new day with a visual means of tackling it. 
But here is the catch.
If we make our plans for tomorrow, do we follow them? 
Planning is like a street directory of an amazing journey.  When we plan a journey using a street directory, it’s not much good if we don’t use that directory to take us along the way to our destination. But instead just fumble our way - maybe never reaching our planned destination.
A Challenge.
For many of us with Chronic Illnesses, daily planning in itself can be a challenge. Health issues have a nasty habit of throwing a spanner in the works. This is where mind set comes in… These little spanners are only a detour in our journey… maybe a spot of camping… Then when we can, back to our planner. Sometimes, we may need to start the process of our goals again… or we just continue on.


Long Term Goals
Now these daily goals flows on into long term goals… but with the same mindset… we may need a detour or two… but that is ok. On the other hand, if it was just plain procrastination or something similar… that is an avoidable speed bump… we need to get over that speed bump and reach that destination.

What areas do you want to make plans for?
Planning takes on many hats in many different colours/areas of our life on a daily basis  that make up the days of our year. 
If we look at the number 365 – that is the number of days we have allocated in one year… Like a bank account, we don’t want to waste even one day… We can never get any of those days back to do action replay. Don’t look back in five years and say I wish I had done that then…

Make it happen.

Reach for your personal star.
Write your goals down. Plan. They must be achievable.

1. Health - diet; exercise; mental health; physical health; 
One interesting thing I read the other day, suggested that to attack our illnesses, we need to know as much as possible about them. I suppose in the same way we would want to know all there was to know about  a lethal enemy…   

  • how they attack;

  • how did others deal with this enemy; 

  • What we can do to counteract them as much as possible?

  • We need to research the illness;

  • Know how they attack;

know what we can expect from an illness;

how other people have successfully dealt with their illness (Without getting taken in by the con artists out there)

   Make a plan to deal with your health issues… show your doctor before putting any new plan into practice. The doctor may be able to implement your plan into your management care plan.   



2. Hobbies - gardening; sewing; painting; writing; learning a musical instrument. For anyone, especially if you have a disability

our hobbies need to be Achievable:

If you decide on gardening, have garden beds high enough for you to work with. Maybe a sturdy chair to sit on while you do your gardening. Maybe your goal for today is sitting and enjoying the outdoors snapping some photos. One garden I loved belonged to a friend. It was an environmentally organised garden. Starting with the big trees, then adding smaller shrubs, followed by smaller plants that loved that type of environment. It looked so natural… and I suppose it was. Most of the plants were natives. 

3. Home - simplify so it is easier to maintain. Plan each room with just a few simple changes at a time. There are so many sites that give us ideas about organization in the home. For every room -  from clothes to benches - from closets to refrigerators. There are even mobile apps to help us. 

My fifteen-minute rule…
Make a list (plan) of small organizational chores you want to do… 
only achievable goals mind you… that you can do in fifteen minutes or your own personal desired time frame. 
Maybe do one chore a day… or a week… whatever is your achievable goal… adjust as needed…
Small changes along the way add up to one big change in the end. An elephant is massive compared to an ant… but one bite at a time is all that it needs to dismantle it…


I like all my family names at the beginning of my contact lists either on:
A.    My phone 
B.    My device
C.    My computer
Now if I put the names in, my contact list is ordered alphabetically which is great for most listings but for those I frequently use – I put aaa; or aab; or aac etc in front of the name… then it will put them at the top.


My exercise hint for the disabled and others:
This is one exercise (but check with your doctor) nearly everyone can do – even in a wheel chair… 
It is called ‘Oxycise’
Now Oxycise also comes with a set of 15 minute exercises for the abled… but for many who can’t exercise – but can at least breath – then breathing the Oxycise way may be the way for you to ‘exercise’.  Oxycise gets oxygen to the brain and the muscles. Naturally, it works better for those who do the exercises, but if breathing is all that you can do safely… Why not?  Maybe you could do ten to fifteen of the breaths while you sit on the loo; or after each glass of water… a prompt to remind you… or get the disks and sit and do the breathing while they all exercise on the tv. 


My five-minute chores: - 
    Each time I go to a place in my home, I try and do a 5 minute or less chore. Such as wipe the toilet seal over; or clean the sink basin; put a small pile of clothes away; Soak the dishes; a load of laundry on; folding some laundry… an endless list. 
it’s amazing, when this 5 minute idea is followed, just how much gets achieved. Mostly, like everything else in my life, Kadi does all the main chores… but I like to do little ones when I can.

Some handy apps I have found for Android:
1.    Diabetes:M  by Sima Medical Systems. It has sections to record blood sugars, carbohydrates, medication etcetera.
2.    Medisafe – medication names and times to be taken - can be entered. It has an alarm to remind you when to take them. 

So, remember, everyone, I am not a doctor. I can in no way replace the advice given by your doctor. So, please consult your doctor before following any tips I recommend in my blogs or elsewhere on my page etcetera.   

Remember, your life is a journey. You have control of it

Coming Soon:

A place for you to comment on in our blogs. 


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