Whoever said “growing old is not for sissies” was correct. Each year finds me with less flexibility, more arthritis, and a less reliable short-term memory. Therefore, I adapt and compensate for the changes I experience. I bet you do, too. Do you have notes on Post-Its all over your house? Do you leave the mail and other paperwork you bring home out in plain sight so you won’t forget ? Do you find that these attempts at remembering soon become useless as you churn through piles trying to locate the one very important thing you need?
My best system for adapting and compensating is my Day-of-the-Week system. I have grown into this system over several years. I use it as a fall-back system…when I am overwhelmed by all that remains undone, I use the present day of the week to orient myself. For instance, today is Monday, so I have paid any bills that were due and filled in my calendar for the week with activities that must take place this week. I plan to serve a quiche for supper because it is an egg or cheese dish as my plan suggests. By using a weekly schedule loosely, I manage to stay current with most things. When life gets away from me I restore my sanity by selecting only the one thing that needs to be done on that particular day.
|Day of the Week||Activity||Meal Plan|
|Monday = Admin Day||Pay bills, file receipts, make phone calls, follow up||Something based on eggs and/or cheese|
|Tuesday = Errands Day||Make shopping list, find coupons, return library books, etc.||Hearty Soup|
|Wednesday = Communication Day||Write letters, make phone calls, send or return emails||A pasta meal|
|Thursday = Technology Day||Review instructions, practice skills with smartphone and/or computer||Leftovers - be creative!|
|Friday = Round-up Day||Gather loose papers, mail, etc. and place in inbox; clear out newspapers and magazines||Seafood|
|Saturday = Friends & Family Day||Stay in touch: call, write, visit; go through old photos||Baked beans or other vegetarian meal|
|Sunday = Spiritual Day||Attend church or meet with like-minded people; read||Best meal: something wonderful and/or something to revise into other meal during the week|