You might have noticed that I have not written a blog article for a long time. Why is that you may wonder. Well, I'll tell you. I've been overwhelmed by life. It happens to everyone from time to time. In fact, I'm still overwhelmed by life currently. However, I've discovered something that helps me along. I've discovered that setting tiny goals that are doable, when I'm so maxed out that setting long term goals just frustrates me and makes me feel like a failure, is something that makes a difference in my life.
For example, if I have a goal to pay off my house, that is something that will take years to complete. I may feel frustrated because the goal is so far away. However, if I take that same goal and change it to pay an additional $25 toward principal each paycheck, I can do that and I feel successful each month rather than burdened and discouraged by the long term goal.
Here's another. I love to quilt. But currently I'm working and commuting eleven to twelve hours a day. I'm also taking a college class, doing homework and trying to maintain the other aspects of daily life. So, often the joy of quilting is put on the back burner and is not a priority. Perhaps it should be more of a priority because it makes me feel calm and creative. It makes me feel like I have free time even if I really don't. I'm trying to learn landscape quilting, but now that I'm so busy, the goal of finishing my first landscape quilt seems impossible. So, I've changed the goal to "quilt for 15 minutes". That is doable for me a couple of times a week and brings me stress relief and joy.
Improving or maintaining one's physical health should be a priority. Well, for me right now taking time to exercise daily isn't going to happen. Change goal. Eat healthy food daily, take the stairs rather than the elevator, walk from the far side of the parking lot, and walk 20 minutes a couple of times a week. That's more realistic, actually in my busy life it's the only way it will happen at all. Will this amount of exercise be enough to make a difference? Yes, much better than using my current situation as an excuse not to do anything.
How about writing a blog article. That seems daunting to me right now. I have so much I have to do that writing in this instance seems undoable, not critical and thus hasn't been done. Goal change. Write for ten minutes after your morning study. Finish it in ten minute increments. That's doable for me. So, here's my first attempt at that way to write.
Setting tiny goals that eventually lead you to accomplishing great things is like something we see in nature. Think of the drop of water. Drop by tiny drop, water falls onto the stone and erodes and changes it. Given enough time, that drop of water can change the face of the earth, carve great canyons, or make beautiful sandstone arches and monuments. Think of the growth of a flower or tree. Little by little that growth takes place, so slow it is imperceptible to the eye. Yet one day we notice our little plant has grown and flowered, our tree is big enough to provide some shade on a hot day. Likewise, we too can accomplish great things if we act and create little by little on a regular basis.
Success!! Goal accomplished. I've written a blog article in three short ten minute sessions. What seemed impossible for me over the last three months has been accomplished. The reality is, the burden of thinking about it and procrastinating it for three months consumed more energy and emotion that just doing it in small increments of time. Here's to the success of mini goals.
Live strong daily - Susan