If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that I am a planner addict. I love writing and organizing my days in a pretty planner, but lately it has become a necessity in more ways than one.
Y’all, no one tells you how open heart surgery can mess up your memory. I used to be the queen of remembering dates(birthdays, anniversaries, etc) until my surgeries. Just ask my family.
Every since hearing those words, heart defect and open heart surgery, my memory has gone down hill. Between the trauma of surgery, recovering and adjusting to life a CHDer(not to mention the anesthesia and medications), it actually makes sense why I can’t remember things the way I used too.
Now more than ever, I count on my planner for getting through life. If you saw my last post, I use certain iPhone apps to help make my life with a chronic illness much more manageable. The same goes for my planner. And I find they work hand-in-hand quite well.
This is my 3rd year using the simplified planner by Emily Ley. All of her planners are so beautiful and brightly colored. Who wouldn’t want something fancy to get through the craziness of life? I’ve always purchased the academic planner since I’m still in school and will most likely continue once I’ll be teaching full time.
Using the simplified planner has been a game changer for me when it came to try and juggle all the things in life, but mostly dealing with my CHD.
Life itself can be hectic, but having a chronic disease on top of it all makes it even more challenging. If I do not write things down that are necessary for me to do or take(daily water intake reminders or remembering to eat lunch), I could easily put my health in jeopardy. And with already having memory issues and so much on my plate this coming school year, I’m going to depend on my planner every hour of the day.
Now, how do I use both my planner and iPhone apps together? Quite simple actually. Every Sunday, I’ll sit with my phone and simplified planner to start mapping out the week ahead. A lot of confirmation numbers for sub teaching assignments, health appointments, and more go straight to my phone after making them. I’ll simply pull all of that information including birthdays, anniversaries, meal plans, etc from my iCal app and write it down onto that week in my simplified planner. Having this information written down and on my phone set as reminders helps me to never forget a birthday or an important appointment.
What some people do not realize is when you have a congenital heart defect, you may not just have a heart problem, but could develop other issues. Keeping up with Cardiologists, Rheumatologists, Chiropractors or Physical Therapy(maybe the nail salon too?) can make your mind go bananas at times. That’s why I have to rely on my planner and certain iPhone apps. It seriously helps me from losing my mind while in a season of being extremely busy with a chronic illness.
My absolute favorite thing about the simplified planner is that it truly lets me carve out time for myself and for those most important to me. Whether it’s to make daily workout routines or visit my nieces and nephew. This planner is not just another planner to keep organized, but rather helps prioritize what is truly important in life. Plus, there is a section where you can write down one thing you were grateful for that week. That alone makes for a successful week and a grateful heart.
Cheers to starting a new academic year!