I know that planning anything today probably feels overwhelming. How can we plan when there is so much unknown on the road ahead?
I’ve noticed a lot of people are digging into home organizing projects right now (good for you! I’ll probably get there soon!), but I would argue that planning is the most important thing you can do today to make tomorrow easier for you and your family. Will you hear me out?
I know things feel overwhelming right now and we feel like there’s nothing we can do to make it better. But you want to know a little secret? Planning is a simple tool we can use to make our daily experiences more positive.
Specifically, there are 3 areas of life that we can focus on planning for NOW to make the next weeks a little easier and take back some of our personal power.
Planning A New Routine
I don’t care what your routine is necessarily, but I know you will feel a lot more settled and in control if you make one and stick to it (at least loosely).
Since you are basically building a new daily routine from scratch, seize this opportunity to add (or subtract) habits for the better. Now is a perfect time to implement things like morning journaling, exercise, family walks, self care rituals, and other things that easily slip through the cracks when we are running from one thing to another. Be intentional, think about your ideal day, and try to plan ahead to make hit your most important marks.
Planning For Optimal Health
Make a plan to move your body, get outside, drink water, and stay healthy. This isn’t just for the exercise fanatics among us… it is for EVERYONE. I would argue that it is more important than ever! The way you feel in a few weeks when we all finally emerge from our caves is determined by the actions we take when we are layin’ low. Start planning accordingly.
Planning for Mental Health + Mindfulness
This will look a LOT different for everyone depending on their stage of life, personal circumstances, and beliefs. But no matter where you are right now, I encourage you to seek MORE. Look for more community, pray more, meditate daily, talk to people you love. Read books that feed your soul; turn off negative media if it is disturbing your peace. Do whatever it takes to keep your head clear and your heart hopeful. Build this into your daily routine.
I have included a daily mindfulness planning sheet in my Planning Resources PDF if you’re not sure where to start.
Try filling it out daily or using the prompts to help you with developing a journaling practice.
Planning For Connection
Finally, I have created a private FB group for women to have a safe space to go to talk, gather encouragement, and connect online. If you are interested in joining us, click here to connect and join the conversation.
We’re all in this together, and even though things feel a little bit lonely and scary right now I believe that there are a lot of silver linings waiting to be discovered. Let’s plan on finding them.
P.S. If you’re struggling with meal planning right now (I certainly am), you might be interested in revisiting my Easy Weeknight Meal Planning post from a few months back. Most of the recipes are super quick, low effort, and don’t require many ingredients. Perfect quarantine criteria 🙂