Last week I showed you my tools and detailed my journal set up. But I realized that I’m missing something between project and action – clarity. Clarifying my goals is crucial to being able to accomplish them. Or even just not be frozen in place.
Break it down
It can be so easy to get stuck when a goal or project seems huge and complex. And that makes it more likely that I’ll get distracted, go do something else, or just give up altogether.
You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, but breaking things down into smaller steps really does help in clarifying goals. As long as you can get the correct steps.
Sometimes this involves researching your goal.
For a goal of “re-enroll in classes”, I thought the next step would be “email my advisor and get enrolled”. But, upon further research I discovered two things: 1. I could register for my next course myself, but 2. Only after I paid off a fee I owe the school.
So my next step is actually “pay off the fee”, then “register for my next course”. And then taking that course will be broken down into its own steps. And all of this is part of the larger project of earning my degree. Which itself is part of the larger project of getting a career in my preferred field.
It seems so huge, but it can be broken down.
We all go through life one day at a time. We can only do so much in one day. Pushing myself or expecting more than I can do will only make me feel bad. And it can make my mental health worse, piling stress on like that.
It’s important to accept limits, but I can also plan around my limits. If one of my steps is having to make a phone call, which is very difficult for me, I can plan to write a script for myself before that step. That makes it easier to make the call, and gives me an action I can take on a day I don’t have the energy to call.
I’d love to hear your clarifying story!