3 Tips For Managing Your Time With A Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness is hard. You have to be so careful that you don’t overdo things, but at the same time, you don’t want to restrict yourself. This is where managing your time comes in.

If you aren’t good at managing your time effectively, a flare up is more likely to happen, and nobody wants that! So, here are my top tips for managing your time with a chronic illness!

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3 Tips For Managing Your Time With A Chronic Illness

Plan your week

If you plan your week, you will know in advance when you have time to rest, when you are busy and when you can completely crash. I try and roughly plan my week every Sunday, and then every day in more detail the night before.

It can get complicated when plans suddenly change or things suddenly pop up but on the whole, you can try and get an idea of your week at the beginning. I recommend getting a diary, and colour coding it. For example, in my diary I have RED for REST and I write it in so I know when I need to rest each day. 

Split your day into thirds

This might sound strange, but ever since my Doctor suggested it to me, I’ve tried to use it every single day. Basically, you split your day into thirds – morning, afternoon and evening. The aim is to keep at least one third of each day to yourself to rest.

For example, if you know you’re going to be busy in the morning and in the evening, try and keep the afternoon to yourself for you to rest. Obviously, this doesn’t work every day, but most days I can make it work for me and that really helps me to manage each day individually!

I also like to add at least 1-2 full days to rest, where I don’t need to leave the house at all and I can fully recharge my battery.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is so important, with or without a chronic illness, but with one it is even more vital for your health. I know I need at least 8 hours sleep, but ideally I need 10 hours a night. This can vary as if I have had a particularly busy day, I will need at least 10-12 hours of rest that night.

That might seem like a lot but I know if I don’t get that I will start to lag early afternoon and I will need a nap. If I nap,  I don’t sleep as well the following night and then it’s just a vicious cycle! I recommend working out how many hours of sleep you can properly function on, and then manage your day around that!

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So there are my top three tips for how to manage your time with a chronic illness. I can’t function properly without these habits so by keeping on top of these, I can keep control of my illness and then it doesn’t control me.

If you have any tips and tricks for managing your time with a chronic illness, please leave a comment below as I would love to hear them!

Until next time,



  1. 17th November 2016 / 7:15 am

    Great tips! I haven’t heard the “split your day into thirds” thing before, but it sounds like it might really help! I’m going to have to give it a shot.
    I’d also add: write things down! Either write stuff in a planner, or use a calendar app… even just a plain notepad or notes app will work too! If I don’t write things down, I tend to remember at bad times and then whatever I just remembered ends up needing urgent attention so I won’t forget it again. Writing things down definitely helps keep my mind focused on what is supposed to be getting done, allowing me more time in which to do everything.

    • 17th November 2016 / 11:27 am

      I hadn’t either until my Doctor suggesting it to me, and honestly it really helps me to know I have a third of each day where I can completely crash out. I hope it works for you if you decide to try it!
      You have a really good point there, I hadn’t thought of that as time management but I suppose it is! I can’t live without my personal organiser, I’m like you, I just forget things so easily – blame brain fog!
      Thank you for your lovely comment and your contribution! Amy xxx

  2. 19th November 2016 / 11:41 am

    These are great tips. I think planning is so important. I find, for me, prioritising is important too because of my energy challenges. Also focusing on one task rather than trying to juggle everything 🙂

    • 20th November 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thank you! Oh I like that, prioritising is really helpful actually, I’ve never thought of that but I do it all the time!

      • Sarah Woodwick
        29th March 2019 / 5:59 pm

        I’m curious. How do you prioritize what gets done in a day, a week? My problem is all my tasks have value but I don’t have the energy for all of them.

        • 30th March 2019 / 4:52 pm

          Hi Sarah, that’s a really interesting question and one that I’m still trying to answer myself! I always have great intentions of doing everything on my to-do list but often I lack the energy and have to prioritise things that need to be done immediately/ASAP and leave other things that aren’t so urgent. Other than that I don’t really have a system – I just do what I want to at the time and worry about the rest when I have more energy! I know that’s not very helpful, I’m sorry!!

  3. 26th November 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Love the thirds recommendation! Subconsciously it is something I try to do wherever possible. Power naps in the downtime I also find very very helpful but have to be careful they’re not too much that they interfere with sleep the other end!

    • 7th December 2016 / 11:26 pm

      It is definitely worth while trying to do when you can! I can completely agree with power naps, but yes, sometimes I worry I just won’t wake up again! Thank you for your comment! Amy xxx

  4. 11th December 2016 / 5:58 pm

    3 really good tips – I fully agree! And I loe how you put “get enough sleep” into time management tips. This is so original but really true. By feeling alert and awake we are way more productive in doing things.
    Good luck and keep up the good work on the blog 🙂 And of course You’re welcome any time on the Home Geek Consultant

    • 11th December 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Hi, I’m glad you liked my tips! Thank you for your comment!

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