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Set Goals and Make Weekly Action Plans

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You may already know about goals if you had therapy in a rehab program. But guess what? Goal setting works in real life too!

  • An action plan is one of the small steps you work on in order to achieve your goal.
  • It may take many action plans, over several weeks or months, to achieve your goal.
  • Each week set an action plan, something that you want to achieve in that week.
  • Setting a goal/action plan gives you something meaningful to work towards and continues to build on your skills and abilities.
  • Achieving a goal/action plan increases your confidence and feels good.
  • It is important to find ways to feel confident and hopeful about yourself and your condition.

Use the Making a Weekly Action Plan and Goal Template information sheets.

 

Plan Ahead and Develop Structure

Make a list

  • Make a list of activities you want to accomplish each day or week.
  • Don’t put too much on the list to begin with. Schedule these activities on a daily or weekly basis, whatever works best for you.
  • Don’t forget to put your usual self-care activities (e.g. dressing, bathing, meals, etc.) in your schedule.  You can then schedule other activities around them.
  • Read the Tips for Managing Thinking Problems information sheet.

 

Pace yourself

  • Pace your activities so you don’t overdo it and get overly tired.  You need to make sure you always have some energy in reserve.
  • Allow yourself more time to do an activity than you think it will actually take.
  • Read the Energy Conservation information sheet.

 

Make it a habit

  • Having a schedule and a “to do” list will remind you what you need to do. 
  • It will give you peace of mind that you haven't forgotten anything or booked yourself for more than one thing at a time.  It also supports you in having purpose in your day.

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