Pacing Myself with Three Goals

When my Hypothyroidism was at its worst, I found myself cycling from exhaustion to energy and back to exhaustion. During the times I was too tired to move I would create lists of all the things that needed to get done. As soon as I had the energy to complete a task, I would shift into high gear and push myself to get everything done. Inevitably I would collapse from exhaustion at some point before the never-ending list was complete.

Now that my thyroid is a bit more stable, and our boys are more independent, I’ve realized the habit I developed out of survival is no longer necessary. Still, habits are hard to break, even when they can be harmful to one’s health.

The History of Three Goals

One of the Facebook groups I’m lucky to be a part of is hosted by Alli Worthington. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy, a book that I discovered at the perfect time for me. Since the book launch, our group has continued to interact with weekly check-ins. On Mondays, we set three goals, and on Fridays, we report our progress.

Why Three Goals?

Well, we live busy lives, and the practice of setting goals is to accomplish them. Three is a manageable number (most weeks). It’s also an amount that takes some effort. One goal can be forgotten until the last minute or accomplished quickly. Five goals would be impossible most weeks because life gets in the way of, well, life more times than not.

What Do My Three Goal Weeks Look Like

Consistency is Key

Most weeks at least one of my three goals repeats, but that is because I do a lot of the same things each week. At least once a month my goals focus on a particular project of sorts. Sometimes my goals sound more like ideas or dreams than tasks that can actually be accomplished in a week. Regardless consistency is key.

Consistency:

  • I show up every Monday and Friday
  • I type out my goals instead of just keeping them in mind
  • I aim for S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • I check in as the week goes on to stay focused on the three things I prioritized for the week.

Sometimes I Fail

Some weeks my goals have to be set aside. Life gets in the way, I find myself exhausted, or my goals were too ambitious for the week. Over the summer it became clear that two goals would be my maximum if I expected to have any chance of success at all. The important thing is to remember Monday will come around again soon.

Why This Works

It can be easy to get to the end of a week and feel as if nothing has been accomplished. Especially when the weeks look so similar. Having three small wins each week is motivating for repeat success.

Healthwise, knowing that I only have three goals to accomplish allow me to pace myself. I don’t need to push myself to exhaustion.

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