Do you have a plan for your days or weeks? I don’t usually make many plans, but my mornings do follow a similar pattern.
My Morning Routine
When I first wake up I check emails, weather and a couple of other things on my phone. Then I do some stretching before getting out of bed.
[bctt tweet=”After that I get dressed in my exercise clothes, the reason being that I’m more likely to actually do it if I am dressed for it.” username=”GaylWright”]
Then I head down to breakfast where I might have cold cereal or oatmeal. Many days I will have eggs from our chickens along with toast and meat.
Plan for Reading
After breakfast my husband reads a chapter from a book in the Bible. We are going through Hebrews right now. Then I read aloud a chapter from another book. Presently we are reading ORTHODOXY, by G.K.Chesterton.
Next I go upstairs to read from the Psalms and work on a page in my gratitude journal. I also write a haiku as a response to the reading of the day. Then I write a few lines to express what I am thankful for that day.
My Exercise Plan
After that it’s time to exercise, so I get out my mat and go to a pilates routine on YouTube by Robin Long from The Balanced Life. I’ve found her workouts to be very helpful, and I only need to spend about 15 minutes a day.
Sometimes we do a longer full body workout, but mostly it targets specific areas. The good thing about the pilates that no matter what you are doing, you are still working the core and gaining strength. I still find some of the exercises too difficult, but there are ways to modify.
And speaking of exercise, my husband and I have started walking together on a trail about 10 minutes from our house. It’s called the Doodle Trail, and it used to be a railroad track. But now it is paved and provides a nice place for people to walk or ride bikes. It’s also refreshing to spend that time out in nature.
No Other Daily Plans
After that I have no particular plan for the rest of the day. Sometimes there are chores or projects to work on. Other times I have plans to go out to shop or visit someone. Often I need a break after exercising, so I’ll sit down with a glass of water. While there I will either check things on my computer, listen to something or crochet.
Even though I have a morning routine, I don’t have a good plan for keeping the house clean. There is still a lot of clutter, and I think if I made a plan for systematically getting rid of it, I could make it happen.
It would also be helpful to plan out certain days for the cleaning chores so that everything would get done weekly. I’m working on that and hope to come up with a good working schedule.
I seldom know ahead of time what I am going to make for supper. So it would benefit me a lot if I planned menus for the week. Then I could shop for exactly what I need and never wonder what to fix.
Plan Making is Helpful
[bctt tweet=”Even though creating these plans would take some time, in the long run I would be less stressed if those were set in place.” username=”GaylWright”]
So, maybe I need to think about how much better I would feel and use that as motivation to make those plans. But in all of this I need to remember that God holds the future. That doesn’t get me off the hook for making plans, but I am aware that my day may take a completely different turn than I had expected.
What about you? Does it help to make plans or are you better at just taking what comes? Or, do you have a schedule already set up such as school or work, etc?
What if You Can’t Plan?
Maybe you aren’t able to plan, because of not knowing how you will feel each day. For those of you with chronic illness or pain, how do you navigate your days? Is there a way to plan for times when you just aren’t up to doing anything?
Plan is the prompt word for Day 3 of the Five Minute Friday 10 Day Writing Challenge.
I’m linking up with: #TuneInThursday