Full disclosure, this is for a personal project but thought it might make for a nice thread anyway. I'm looking for what you see as personal little victories? It could be something like getting chores done when you are struggling with your mental health and just getting out of bed in the morning is a win or reaching personal goals, like finishing a hobby project or keeping up your exercise routine for a month.
It can other little victories that might not seem like a big deal but feel like a win anyway. Like keeping your plant babies alive or not eating the whole chocolate bar so you have something to treat yourself with later. I'm interested in all the little things we might give our family or friends a pat on the back for but we seldom do it for ourselves.
Post by stancymckatt on Mar 23, 2021 12:06:07 GMT -5
This is about half of what my Bullet Journal is for. Everything I cross off the list is a little pat on the back for myself... You've actually covered most of what I track.
I've found breaking stuff up into small steps is key (Baby steps as FlyLady says). Waiting until I finish to give my self a pat on the back won't work. I just get mired in the mud. Specifically huge stuff like cleaning out the attic, or the shed.
Doing a bit every day is easier than doing something once in awhile (I think that came from a Gretchen Rubin book.)
So if I work on a project by... Putting 1 thing away, Tossing 3 pieces of junk in the trash, or 5 minutes sorting. I'm still working on it.
That was very freeing to realize. Also...
If I feel really bad(like I was up till 2am with my stomach last night) I'm allowed to take a only a tiny step on a personal project guilt free... But I will feel better if I work on it just a tiny bit. (Toss 1 thing, put 1 thing away, etc)
Progress is progress.
Finishing is a big win that won't happen if I don't focus on the next step on the staircase.
I'm a major procrastinator, so for me to get anything done in a timely manner is a little victory for me lol. If I manage to get more than one obligation done in a day that's a major win.
I've been exercising 3-4 times a week for the past few months and have been able to stick with it, so I'm proud of that too. I can feel the changes, however small, in my body, and I'm now beginning to physically notice my body getting healthier too. So there's that.
These past few weeks I've managed to get about 1500 words written in my fanfic, which doesn't seem like a lot, but I've barely felt in the mood for writing for months now, so it's actually quite the achievement lol. Especially considering that I've been feeling a bit mentally down for the past few weeks.
Sometimes, lately it feels like just making it through the day without any major mistakes or issues feels like a personal victory lol
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2021 22:00:23 GMT -5 by commander
Gosh I'm with Commander here-- the procrastinator thing hit me hard.
I feel like working in a job that requires me to complete tasks and goals on my own makes it really hard to find joy or satisfaction out of "personal little victories"-- I'm sorry if that didn't make sense so I'll try to explain: I just accomplish so many things each day-- CRAZY amount of things I do... that I get no real satisfaction from completing things on my to do lists.
But if I complete a goal with more than 1 day to spare I'm just SOOO happy. I am always scrambling to get my lectures done sometimes 5 minutes before I have to give them 😵 It sucks and I wish I could be more prepared for work... but when I am actually ready I feel so good.
I have tons of "to do" lists all over the place and its honestly overwhelming how much I have to do :( sometimes it feels great when I finally erase something from my list but I always have 100 more items after it. I've started just training myself to not feel overwhelmed by it and take it one step at a time.
I feel the most accomplished though when I make something a habit-- like training myself to eat healthier, floss, exercise, drink water, weekly clean the house, etc. I've lost some habits recently because of Covid tho 😔 I really need to make them again.
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