|Image: Balancing Act by D. Bolton|
- This is not a race! The timer is being used, so you know when to stop.
- A timer is a tool to encourage you to work in an amount of time that will not wear you out psychologically or physically. The timer is your friend, not your competitor.
- Breathe. I began taking slow deep breaths in my closet when I realized what was hPpening.
- If you give out before the timer does ( I am talking about legs shaking, body says sit), Stop. The clutter won't run away, and you can come back to it later.
- Work in increments of 5 to 15 minutes. I have found I can start with 5 minutes or less after a flare-up (relapse), and that gives my muscles a chance to grow stronger. If I jump into things too quickly, I end up too tired to do anything and discouraged. As I grow stronger, I can add more minutes.
- Sometimes, you can go to a less physical activity after doing something that requires a lot of effort, but listen to your body. You should take breaks.
- The rules here are not ironclad, but they are a guide to help you pace yourself. Sometimes, I am able to go past 15 minutes, but I often pay for that by being more fatigued the next day.