We’re pretty goal-oriented here at Success Thang, but we also understand how much of a struggle each and every day of simply existing with a chronic illness can be. Chronic fatigue can stretch like an impenetrable shield between you and your dreams, standing in the way of achieving even simple goals like taking care of yourself on a basic level.
The trick to achieving your goals even with the added weight of a chronic illness on your shoulders goes back to that old saying: Take things one day at a time. Try not to worry too much about the past or the future. Stay in the present and focus on what you can improve right now.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your path to living in the moment:
Strictly Schedule Your Time
We’ve spoken before about how daily use of a calendar can help you to achieve your goals. Using a calendar can also help you to portion your goals into daily, achievable tasks instead of big, vague mountains you can build up in your head. Whether it’s applying to a new job, calling your doctor, or simply getting out of bed, plugging a goal into your schedule can help you to make it happen.
Make SMART Goals
Another point we often come back to on Success Thang is SMART goals: goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. The “S” and the “M” are particularly important when it comes to getting chronic illness warriors through their days. Making specific, measurable goals will help you to break big, scary goals into bite-sized pieces you can tackle with ease each day.
Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done
Sometimes it can be easy to get bogged down by all the goals you’ve not achieved and everything you haven’t managed to get done. But don’t forget that you also deserve to reward yourself when you do start achieving your goals.
It is important, however, that the reward doesn’t outweigh the goal itself. I personally use television shows in this fashion. While working on freelance projects, I’ll let myself watch a short TV show I really like between completed projects. That way I get a bit of a reward without letting it take over my whole day.
Life with a chronic illness can often seem scary and overwhelming. But when you take life one day at a time, you can not only get through each day but also achieve your wildest dreams. These tips like scheduling your time, setting SMART goals, and rewarding yourself for a job well done should help you get started.