Both work and leisure activities are important for people with arthritis, but you can overdo them. It is wise to take short breaks and alternate heavy and light activities throughout the day. Learn to balance periods of work with rest breaks, so you don’t place too much stress on your joints or get too tired. You may need to take longer and perhaps more frequent rest breaks when your disease is more active.
Part of this balancing includes pacing yourself during the day, and also from day to day. Allow plenty of time to finish the things you start, so you won’t feel rushed. Don’t try to do too much at one time. Pacing also includes doing the hardest things when you’re feeling your best.
(Source: University of Washington, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine)<