If you ask Jacqui who has PAP, she will tell you that planning is the key to getting the most out of your life. The better overview you have of your activities the better you can dispose your energy. So plan your life – both in short and long terms.
A great way to get the overview of your activities is to use a planning diary. Make sure that the diary is spacious with plenty of room to mark appointments and social arrangements every day. In that way you get a useful overview of your activities.
The overview can work as a warning sign telling when you have too many arrangements. You can use these “warnings” to make sure that you will have time to relax before and after arrangements that demand a lot of your energy. It can be a good idea to book rest times in the planner just like you normally book arrangements.
No one can do everything. For some people it is easy to say no, for others it is more difficult. But saying no is sometimes necessary for your wellbeing. Of course there are things in your everyday life that you have to do no matter what. By planning the day it will be easier for you to create a balance between what you have to do, and what you want to do.
To find this balance you need to know what and who has your top priority. Is it spending time with your children? Is it attending school? Or is it doing your hobby? Make sure that you make time and spare energy for your top priorities. For Jacqui who has PAP this kind of priority has helped her to keep a smile every day.