Set Goals, Then Chill
Just the idea of goal-setting might give you a stress headache,
because that means adding more tasks to your schedule. But defining
your goals can actually help reduce stress. It all depends on how
you look at it.
"Reframe the task into something that sounds delightful to you,"
says SARK, an artist and author of Glad No Matter
What. For example, if your goal is to clean out your closets,
don't think of it as organizing--pretend it's a treasure hunt.
Reframing tasks is part of a strategy SARK developed called
micromovements. Here's the gist: Set a goal and then identify eight
baby steps, or micromovements, needed to get you there. Each
micromovement must take five minutes or less. So one
closet-cleaning micromovement might be to find an organization you
feel especially good about donating unwanted items to.
"A micromovement is an ignition system, a way to get started and
keep your inner critic from saying things like, 'You're still not
doing your goal,' " SARK says. "You can do anything for five
minutes, and most of the time you'll keep going once you
And, if nothing else, silencing those inner critics is one
surefire way to kick some stress to the curb.