As a caregiver, goals are going to help you to pinpoint what target you’re aiming for and let you see when you’ve accomplished what you want to accomplish. But sometimes it’s really tough to hit goals, even little ones. These ideas can help.
Start with Your End Result Desired
Lots of people recommend starting with step one and going from there. But if you’re having a tough time keeping your motivation or you’re not sure how to get where you need to go, it can help to focus on your result first. What is it that you want to accomplish? Get really detailed about your goal and about what it looks like for you. If your goal is to get better sleep, imagine how you’re going to feel and what you’ll be able to accomplish as a caregiver when you’re sleeping better.
Define the Path to Get There
Now, what do you have to do to get there? Define the first step. Don’t worry about the fifteenth step just yet, especially if you’re getting overwhelmed. Try first laying out what the first step is and then the step right after that. For a sleep goal, the first step might be identifying what’s keeping you from sleeping well. Until you know that, you can’t do much else.
Break the Steps Down
Next you need to break those steps down into manageable parts. So you don’t know why you’re not sleeping well. There are a couple of things you can do to figure that out. You can start keeping track of whether caffeine is affecting you, what time you’re going to sleep, and what happens when you try to go to sleep. Each of these smaller tasks will help you to get through step one, which is figuring out why you’re not getting the sleep you need.
Remind Yourself What Your Goal Is
Getting to a goal you’ve wanted to accomplish is not easy. In the case of something like getting better sleep, it might take you longer than you want, too. So it helps to remind yourself periodically what your goal is and why you’re striving for it. Keeping a journal can help, so that you can go back over previous entries.
When you know what your final result looks like and you’ve defined your path, you’re more than halfway there. All you have to do is stick with the plan you’ve set for yourself. If you run into problems along the way, look at what you need to adjust. If your goal isn’t feasible, set a new one. But don’t give up.
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