I am not used to being home all the time. Before Covid, I was what you'd call a workaholic, at times I had 2 jobs and would work everyday for weeks without a day off. While I am currently at home more than I'd like to be and I seem to have excessive time on my hands, I have found if difficult to complete everything that I want to get done. It's simple I get distracted... whats the dog doing? I'll just cuddle with the cats. I'll just watch one more episode. Oh look my favorite Chick Flick is on E!, and so on I go until my boyfriend is walking in the door from work and the house and I are a mess.
Yesterday, I outlined how I've begun setting positive intentions for the day, but I also started writing out my business goals and long term goals. I concluded that there was something very gratifying about setting a goal for myself and accomplishing it. Many of us have goals or plans for our lives but often times we have no idea how we are going to get to the finish line. It's particularly hard when life decides it's going to rain on your parade. Often times it leaves us gobsmacked and in panic-mode wondering how we are ever going to get back on track... which is a feeling I'm all too familiar with.
During my battle with depression I found it especially hard to even accomplish small tasks that most people do on autopilot daily. Some days I would wake up and have to force myself to even get out of bed. Often times it would leave me wondering if I would ever find a way back to myself.
Many times I would wake up and say to myself "if you can just take the dog out today it would be a victory." After seeing how well setting intentions worked with keeping me focused on maintaining a positive attitude; I began to wonder if setting goals for my day-to-day life would help to make me feel better and more accomplished. So I tried it. At night before bed I write down a few things that I want to accomplish the next day.
There is something cathartic in accomplishing something and as the days go on my goals are becoming bigger. And as my goals grow bigger, my depression grows smaller and the burden of being stuck at home for months at a time doesn't feel so grand.
Life can be a cruel mistress at times, but sometimes with a little adjustment and patience we can overcome life's roadblocks. If there is something in your life that that seems out of reach... Make a plan, set goals for yourself and don't give up on yourself. Often times the hardest part is just getting started.
After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish!