The Shift Your Bum method for people who can do more.
As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, a few years back I suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME. I developed coping mechanisms that helped me through the worst of it and I still use those techniques today. I’ve been symptom free for 5 years now (hooray!) and I am able to do so much more.
A week or two ago, I wrote about Just Five Minutes: The Shift Your Bum method, one of the techniques that helped me at my worst. That worked well for me and on days that I’m feeling run down, it still does. However, now that I’m feeling so much better I need something a little more active. The One Up, One Down Method (jokingly called Shift Your Bum 2.0) is now my more “everyday” way of doing things.
The One Up, One Down Method
The One Up, One Down method began as a way of making sure I still got time to relax on my days off but got a lot done too. After adjusting how I did things, I was able to finish a day feeling both relaxed and productive! Basically I tried to split my day into alternating bursts of activity and productive rest. Usually I aim for an hour each way, but some days those bursts are longer or shorter. Whatever works for you!
So I’ve been trying to keep to this since the New Year. The result? I feel like I have so much more energy! The house looks even better than it did before, and the other people in the house are beginning to take interest and follow suit. When there are blips (cold, influx of work, injured hand) they’re recovered from relatively quickly. I’m getting closer and closer to the bright, happy space I want in my life!
This is your burst of active time. It can be anything and doesn’t have to be strenuous active time. Easy “up” things to do are:
- Housework: cleaning any part of your home, vacuuming, washing dishes, putting clothes away, decluttering, reorganising
- Gardening: weeding, potting on, building a planter, harvesting, plant care
- Other: go for a walk, any tasks outside of the home, exercise
This is your burst of productive rest – times you aren’t physically active but are still getting things done.
- Admin: catching up on your emails, organising your laptop, meal planning, sorting the calendar, journalling, writing notes
- Self-preservation: relax in a bath, finish a book you’ve been reading, find a new recipe, meditate, keep your mindfulness journal
- Other: play with the kids, do arts & crafts, repair something that’s broken, finish a knitting or sewing project, call a friend or family member
The tasks you choose are up to you: but at the end of each day you are going to realise you got so much done! Towards the end of the day I typically taper off into less productive, more relaxing down time, before stopping the physically active stuff altogether about 3 hours before bedtime so I can get some restful sleep.
Do you have any “life hacks” that help you stay organised? Let me know in the comments!