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First things first, before we dive into goal setting and affirmations, I want to say that if you are struggling with quarantine and have been taking time to rest, relax, settle your anxiety, lay around, or whatever… THAT IS OKAY. All these posts about having to level up after quarantine and needing to use this “down time” to start a business and make money and take classes…those posts are not for everyone. That action is not for everyone. You are entitled to feel the way you feel, especially during this time.
However, you can always set goals. Imagine: you have nothing to do and nothing to look forward you. Every day, you don’t have a plan and nothing really comes to you. A couple days of rest might be relaxing, but if this happens for days, weeks, months at a time… How do you move forward? How do you motivate yourself? How do you make the days worth getting out of bed for? This is why we need to set goals. They can be as big or as small as you want. They can be physical, mental, or spiritual. Regardless, setting goals is productive, stimulates your brain, and gives you something to look forward to. It can be a subtle, but powerful way to get yourself going and motivated.
Smaller goals can be around what you want to get done for the day, maybe setting a routine or making a to-do list. Maybe your first goal for any given day is to get up earlier and make the bed. Boom, first action and accomplishment for the day. Maybe a small goal of yours can be to get laundry washed and folded, or to meal prep. Bigger goals can be taking the next steps to level up, or finally doing something you’ve been putting off. Maybe you are trying to save more money, so plan a budget. Maybe you want to start knocking off that 10 pounds, so plan and begin your workouts or meal prep. Maybe you do, in fact, want to start a master class or build your brand. Those are big goals that you can plan for during this time, if you so choose.
Regardless, all goal setting starts with making the first move, taking the first step. Everything starts and benefits from a plan. Think about and create a list of things you need to get done. If you want to go deeper, plan HOW you are going to do them. Even further, when will these things get done. If you want to start small, build a “today to-do list” and then start building and flushing out what you want you week to look like.
If you don’t have a planner, get one. I have found that the best way for me to plan and keep track of what I want and need to do is to use a planner. I personally use this planner to plan out my days and my weeks. You should also set phone alarms or utilize the calendar on your phone for important dates and times. Nowadays, with the days and months seeming to run together, the planner and the alarms help me keep track of my goals, but also keeps me sane in knowing what day it is and that I am moving forward with time.
So, moral of the blog, when the days start running together for you -especially for those of us in states that are still closed- when you feel trapped, when you get over this pandemic and being isolated, set some goals for yourself. Motivate yourself to keep going. Stimulate your brain and make a plan to move forward as best you can. Start with small goals and work your way up. You owe yourself a chance to have a better day, a better. You owe it to yourself to feel good and accomplished, especially during these hard times.
Positivity, growth, and all the things,