Being Productive with a Chronic Illness can be a challenge. I like to feel like I accomplish at least one or two valuable things each day. Sometimes, this can take some creativity on my part and it almost always includes using a tool that makes tasks easier. Here are my favorite tools I use that make being productive easier to accomplish.
Products I Use to be Productive with Chronic Illness
Preparing a meal for my husband and I is one on my favorite ways to be productive. It can also be one of the most difficult ones. I have found that keeping my expectations reasonable and planning ahead can help me accomplish this task.
One service I utilize to make tasks in the kitchen easier is the WalMart Grocery Delivery Service. (Get $10 off your first order!) I plan my meal for the week and order my groceries using the WalMart Grocery app on my iPad. I pick my delivery time and my groceries are delivered to my door at the selected time. For my full review of this service, click here.
Now that I have my groceries for the week, I use several things to make me more productive in the kitchen. The first one is a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot and the next is a Rice Cooker. I have been using both of these products long before Chronic Illness became a part of my life. They are both time savers for anyone but they are lifesavers when it comes to being productive with Chronic Illness.
I use a slow cooker several times a week. Honestly, the sky’s the limit on what can be cooked in one. I have made Lasagna, meat loaf, beef stroganoff, Pork Roast, baked potatoes and the list could go on and on! The Crock Pot Casserole is great for making casseroles but also for dips and baked potatoes! The slow cooker is my number one tool for being productive with Chronic Illness!
I have been using a Rice Cooker for years but have just recently discovered how versatile it can be. Many rice cookers come with a steamer basket which means you can steam vegetables while cooking rice. They come in all different sizes and many are programable.
I discovered a few months back that the Zatarain’s brand rice dinners can also be cooked in a rice cooker without any modifications to the instructions. Now I use my rice cooker to make chicken and rice as well as red beans and rice all while cooking my vegetables at the same time. I literally put in my ingredients, press two buttons and in 25 minutes a full meal is ready! This has been a life changer as I try to be more productive with Chronic Illness.
Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Illness
I have found that being productive is the best way I can fight being depressed. Although doing things isn’t as easy as they used to be, there are still many things that I can do. Here are some tips that I try to follow.
1. Make a Plan that is Adjustable
I don’t make a plan that is set in stone! Instead, I make a plan that can be adjusted for my needs that day. I know that my health can change on a dime and therefore my ability to accomplish things will change as well. Keeping in mind that my plan may need to be changed keeps me from feeling like a failure at the end of the day.
2. Set Reasonable Expectations & Know your Limits
I know that I am not going to be able to clean my entire house in a day. That is just not my life anymore. I also know that if I prepare dinner that I may not be able to clean the kitchen afterward. Setting reasonable expectations and knowing my limits allows me to celebrate the small wins without feeling defeated.
3. Plan for Rest Breaks (and take them!)
This goes back to numbers 1 and 2 but I put rest breaks in my plan. For the longest time, I did this but never used them. At the end of the day, I was exhausted, run down and I would pay for it for days. Now, I plan for rest breaks and I actually use them. It has made a huge difference in how much I can do.
4. Celebrate the Wins
It may seem a bit childish to do this but it is very important. I may be having a bad health day but I was able to cook dinner in spite of it. That is a win in my book and I am going to celebrate that! Why shouldn’t I? Living with Chronic Illness is hard and I will take my wins where I can get them…no matter how simple they may seem.
5. Put Something Off Until Tomorrow if You Have To
This is not permission to procrastinate but it is all about knowing when you have reached your limit. When you have Chronic Illness, taking care of yourself is important. The goal is to be productive with Chronic Illness without being down for days because you pushed too hard. The laundry will still be there tomorrow and it will hurt nothing to wait until tomorrow to take care of it.
My Product Wish List
There are still several products that are on my wish list to make being productive easier. I wish someone would create a machine that fold laundry because that is on the top of the list. Until that happens, I thought I would share some of my wish list with you.
If you have any of these, please share your thoughts about them in the comments.
I hope you have found a few of these products and tips useful. Finding new ways to be productive with Chronic Illness is important to making the most out of life!
What are your favorite products that help you to be productive?
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