Small Goals are Good Goals

December 23, 2013 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

Small Goals are Good Goals - The Flying Drunken Monkey

I’ve had two meetings with a psychologist since my anxiety disorder diagnosis. She’s really lovely and has a very calming effect on me. She’s also great at getting me to talk, and talk, and talk. If it wasn’t what I was there for it would probably be a bit embarrassing!

She’s had me monitor and record my thoughts and feelings over the past few weeks to see if there are any consistencies and which types of thoughts I’m experiencing the most. It’s been a little unnerving – it’s not nice seeing what I tell myself in black and white like that. I’m also not sure if it has made me feel a little more anxious as well – especially when I feel anxious but can’t really work out why. But I keep pushing through because I’m sure it will help in the long run.

Another thing we have discussed is how important it is to make small, attainable goals. Little things I can work towards to stop feeling so overwhelmed with everything. My to-do lists tend to be very over-reaching, encompassing absolutely every thing that needs to be done. It’s very easy to look at those lists, think it’s all just too much and I end up doing nothing at all.

So I’m giving myself a few small goals for the next few weeks. I’ll be at my parents’ house over Christmas and then most likely for New Years as well so it won’t include many housework type goals.

♥ Keep recording my thoughts/feelings.
♥ Take photos on my dSLR, especially over Christmas.
♥ Blog once a week, at least.
♥ Spend time with Lily each day, doing an activity or reading a book.
♥ Do a 5 minute Mindfulness of Breathing meditation at least every two days.

Just little things, that should be attainable. And if I don’t do them I have to remember that that’s ok. I’ll just try again the next day.

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  1. Dorothy says:

    Little things are the easiest to accomplish and keep track of. I’ve been doing lots of thought monitoring here as well and catching myself in all the negative talk has really made a difference to my mood. Have a great Christmas!
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  2. G Roberts says:

    I feel like I can really relate to your posts. I too suffer with anxiety/depression and have an 8 month old.(1st time Mum).
    Housework etc is not my friend and I often feel overwhelmed with it. I do attempt the flylady concept but its difficult with little ones.
    This year I have set myself little goals too, although not just endless lists of chores. I aim to be kinder to myself and make more time for ‘Me’ and spend quality time with my little family- which can often get brushed aside by my endless to-do lists.

    Wishing you a healthy & happy New Year

    • Cassie says:

      Hi G! Thanks for commenting. It can be so overwhelming can’t it?!
      I have a new series starting next Monday that you may like – it’s about establishing a cleaning routine with small tasks each day for 20 days. Sign up for emails and you’ll be able to see.

      Hope you have a great New Year too!

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