I want to add one final lesson I learned from my knee surgery. To take breaks. Usually, when I work at my computer during the day I work until I can’t work any longer. Then I get up and wonder why I am stiff, sore and worn out. With my knee, I had to take breaks to ice, stretch and take medication. It was a lesson I need to follow through on now that I am healthy again. I won’t stay healthy for long if I don’t take care of myself. So no matter what you are doing—remember to take time to relax, stretch, have some fun, get some food or whatever.
It’s ok to take care of yourself!
The third lesson I learned from my recent knee surgery is to set realistic expectations. The doctor told me I would be up and going in a few days, so I had clients scheduled the next week. Well guess what? My knee had other plans and it took over a week for the swelling to go down and for me to be able to walk. I had to cancel my clients and felt horrible. With anything you do– make sure to set realistic expectations and be sure to set in a buffer for any possible problems. I should have known better, but as with most of you I thought I could cram it all in no problem. Trust me, it is much easier to plan for the longer time frame and be surprised to finish early rather than overbook yourself and let people down.
With my recent knee surgery I will be sure to get a ton of medical paperwork including bills and Explanation of Benefits sheets. People often wonder how long to keep the paperwork. Once you pay the bill you can shred it, but I like to keep mine for a year to make sure there aren’t any issues with payment. Explanation of Benefit forms are just that—they tell you where you are with your benefits through the insurance company. Again, you can read them and shred them, but I like to keep mine for a year to again make sure there are no mistakes or payment concerns. I think for regular doctor visits, keeping the paperwork may be less important but if you have any major issues it is important to READ the paperwork and keep it for reference. Remember is it important to actually look over the paperwork first to see what it is before filing it away.
This month I will share with you 3 lessons I learned from having knee surgery a few weeks ago:
First lesson: Why are you trying to get organized? What is your overall goal? Have a purpose for why you are working so hard to get organized. Do you want to save money, reduce clutter, increase productivity? For me it became clear when my mom was here for a week taking care of me: to be able to find things easily and when I need them. It was great when my mom asked where something was and I could just shout from the couch the exact location. Or when she was kind enough to put things away for me, she could tell exactly where everything went without a lot of searching. For me I stay organized so that I can share my home with others and easily find what I need when I need it. Bonus: having a clutter free house makes it a lot easier to hobble around on a cane– safety first! ☺
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