Time to Smell the Roses
I've come to truly appreciate the forced rest periods between the spurts of activity in the garden.
I've found I can get more done on the 'good days' if I try to do a variety of chores, a little of everything rather than just pruning, just digging, just weeding. This way I don't seem to put strain on any one particular part of the body. Of course I completely avoid tasks that the body just doesn't wanna do on the day. Aand who cares if it takes days to do things that I 'useta' knock over in a few hours.
I also pace myself. I take a 5-10 minute break every half hour or so when doing light jobs (tho' the heavier jobs dictate longer breaks to shorter spurts I must admit). I have a number of 'seats' placed around the garden, strategically, for this purpose (also handy when watering) and as well, I keep an outdoor li-lo in a shady spot, back and front, for times when I need to get my feet up.
I use this down time to contemplate my next move, or to walk my eyes thru the beds, p'raps catching a bee kissing a bloom, or spotting a few missed weeds! Other times I lie there quietly, eyes closed, just listening to the life around me and 'smelling the roses'. Would neva have taken the time before. Life is so grand!