Ready, Set, GOAL DIG

By Roz Jones

Are you a caregiver who feels like you’re constantly running in circles but not getting anywhere? Do you have a to-do list a mile long and never seem to be able to check everything off? If so, it’s time to start goal digging!

What is goal digging, you ask? It’s simple: it’s setting yourself small, achievable goals that will help you move closer to your big-picture objectives. Think of it as a road map for your caregiving journey. By breaking down your goals into manageable steps, you can make significant progress without feeling overwhelmed.

Ready to get started? Here’s how to become a goal-digging caregiver!

1. Determine Your Destination

The first step in any journey is deciding where you want to go. In other words, what are your overall objectives as a caregiver? Do you want to provide the best possible care for your loved one? Improve your relationship with them? Maintain your own mental and physical health? Once you’ve identified your destination, you can start plotting out the steps you need to take to get there.

2. Set Small Goals

As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The same goes for reaching your caregiver goals! Trying to accomplish too much at once will only lead to frustration and burnout. Instead, focus on smaller achievements that will help you slowly but surely reach your destination. For example, if your goal is to improve your relationship with your loved one, start by setting aside ten minutes each day to talk with them about something other than their care. Or if you’re trying to maintain your own health and well-being, commit to going for a walk three times per week. 

Remember, baby steps lead to big accomplishments!

3. Celebrate Your Successes

It’s important to celebrate every victory—no matter how small—on your path to becoming a goal-digging caregiver. Why? Because each success will motivate and encourage you to keep going when things get tough (and trust us, they will!). So whether it’s crossing an item off your weekly task list or spending quality time with your loved one, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come. You deserve it!

4. Enlist Help When You Need It.

Caregiving is a team effort, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Whether it’s hiring professional help or reaching out to friends and family members for support, enlisting assistance will lighten your load and leave you more energy and time to focus on achieving your goals. 

Caregiving is a rewarding but challenging journey. Luckily, by goal-digging—that is, setting small, achievable goals—you can make significant progress without feeling overwhelmed. And when you do reach those big-picture objectives, be sure to take a moment to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished! Finally, don’t forget that caregiving is a team effort—so enlist help when necessary in order to ensure everyone’s success.

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