Years ago Christine Miserandino wrote an original article which created the word “Spoonie” to label those people with chronic illnesses.
According to Wikipedia, The Spoon Theory is
“used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. ‘Spoons’ are a visual representation used as a unit of measure used to quantify how much energy a person has throughout a given day. Each activity requires a given number of spoons, which will only be replaced as the person ‘recharges’ through rest. A person who runs out of spoons has no choice but to rest until their spoons are replenished.”
Some time ago I published an article on LinkedIn on how to use this mentality in your business.
I also dedicated an entire chapter to this in my upcoming book, The One Minute Authorpreneur. This article is written for everyone else to incorporate into your daily life.
To begin thinking like a spoonie to maximize your energy, believe that your energy is now your most precious commodity.
For me personally, my hierarchal order is; Energy, Time, and Money. Without having enough energy to move, time and money become less important – to me at least.
I’ve been trying to get my family and friends understand my new paradigm ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) back in 2014.
Over the last four years, I’ve changed a lot of my habits and ways of doing things to save as much energy as possible. Let me know which tips below are most applicable to you!
When I cook now, I think in terms of saving as much energy as possible. From mapping out my entire route in the grocery store so I don’t have to circle back around to the same side of the store, to cooking and serving the food with the least amount of dishes as possible.
I love paper plates and plastic utensils because that save all that energy and time. Every now and then, I’ll eat right out of the pot or pan that I used to cook.
How can you streamline this in your life to save as much energy and time as possible? Delegate it?
Whether it’s grocery shopping or something else, I go there for one specific reason and it’s not to roam around mindlessly looking for something to spend money on.
Planning ahead is fantastic if you think about it soon enough to buy it online. Amazon and Walmart are my online saviors.
If I ever go shopping with someone else, I delegate a part of the shopping list to them so we’re both not walking around together, this cuts shopping time in half!
Welcome to my ultimate laziness! Since being diagnosed with MS I’ve acquired 30+ pairs of socks, boxers, and undershirts. I also have enough pants, shirts, and jackets, to confidently go over 30 days without doing any laundry.
When it comes time to doing it, I don’t actually fold anything either. There’s a draw for all my socks which I don’t pair up, separate drawer for my boxers and undershirts too.
The only real work I put into laundry is hanging up all my shirts and jackets.
Is this possible for you to do too? If not, how can you save 1% more energy while doing laundry?
Grouping and bunching! I personally only run errands when it’s convenient for me, not when it actually needs to get done.
Using a route planner and scheduling all my errands for one day, it saves a lot of energy and time throughout the week.
Think of this; instead of going to the post office and back which takes me about twenty minutes, I go to the post office, grocery store, gas station, etc. all at once in a logical order and get it ll done in a couple hours.
If you were to go to the post office everyday, that would be a couple hours a week instead of minutes because it’s along my route.
Living with MS, not only do I have to be contentious about my energy levels, I need to keep my body cool.
If I overheat at any time, I lose all my energy within seconds. So when I exercise, not one bead of sweat will come to surface. That’s just me!! How you can implement the spoonie mentality here is to have a set workout routine.
Don’t waste time walking around the gym to figure out what you’re going to be doing next.
Why be in the gym for two hours when you’re actually only working out for thirty minutes? That extra ninety minutes could be used produce a result in something else.
Do your own research on this because I’m not certified to give advice, but there’s research showing that only a 10-minute walk is needed to create a physical and mental benefit.
I love checklists and doing things in a logical order that makes sense and maximizes efficiency.
Why do something twice when it can be easily done once if you had the correct systems in place. Also, with setting up systems, it will save a lot of time doing routine tasks.
For my email, I have filters set up so that certain emails are automatically put into folders.
I also set up autoresponders so that if certain words are used in the subject line, an email is automatically sent so I don’t have to do it.
Other online systems that I have because I’m a business owner is for social media; when I post on certain platforms it automatically gets posted on other websites.
There’s so many other systems you can do with technology, and WITHOUT technology.
Determine what you do all the time and create a system to drastically cut the time you spend doing it.
Think like a Spoonie! This week, view your energy as the most important thing.
You’ll be amazed at how many things you can make easier and how much time you’ll save!