Setting goals is one of the most important things you can do to manage your Bipolar Disorder; however, these must be realistic goals in order for this to work. If your goals are out of reach, you will get discouraged, and this would work against you – maybe even worsening your bipolar symptoms.

There are two types of goals you should set:

  • Short-Term Goals
  • Long-Term Goals

Let’s talk about long-term goals first. These are goals such as lifetime goals. For example, all of us had dreams when we were little: like wanting to be ballerinas, astronauts, or even the President. This is what I meant when I said that goals must be realistic, though. Not everyone can be the President!

However, if you are working in a company that provides advancement, it is realistic to think that you could someday be a manager in that company. That would be an example of a long-term goal. And it would be a realistic goal, since there is the very real possibility that you could attain that goal.

Now let’s look at short-term goals.

Short-term goals could be broken down into the following:

  • Yearly
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily

Again, let’s use the example of becoming a manager in the company you’re working for. Say it’ll take you a year to become manager. That’s your yearly goal. Now break it down into smaller goals. What can you do each month to achieve that goal? Each week? Each day?

Let’s use another example; say, for those of you on Disability because of your Bipolar Disorder. You can still use the same format as the person looking to become manager in his/her company. Your long-term goal could be to become a high-functioning person with Bipolar Disorder.

Ask yourself, “Where do I want to be one year from now?” Then, “How can I achieve my goal on a monthly basis?” “Weekly?” “Daily?”

See how it works? With New Year’s Day having just passed, many people are still thinking about how they want this coming year to be a better one, and setting realistic goals is a good way to start the new year – a good way to better yourself and manage your Bipolar Disorder.