The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of Americans live with chronic pain. Furthermore, at least 40% report that pain interferes with their ability to work and enjoy everyday life. So how do you stay productive when pain is a regular part of your routine? Patient advocate Lana Barhum shares five tried-and-true tips.
Don’t put it off.
Putting projects off until the last minute is often tempting for everyone. But procrastinating is an easy way to find yourself overwhelmed. Break down major projects into smaller, discrete tasks, then approach each task one at a time. Finishing a task – no matter how small – not only helps you feel successful, but also generates momentum toward the next task.
Life with chronic illness is unpredictable, and I never quite know how I’ll feel the next day. Doing a little bit of work each day makes it easier to smooth over any interruptions that chronic illness might cause. When possible, getting started well before deadlines is generally wise, too.