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Big-picture goals are usually easier to imagine, more difficult to realize. This is true for our careers, our finances, and our health. As you travel along your vision loss journey, it's important not to rule out goals as a way to cultivate acceptance. 

You'll find that recognizing what constitutes a goal in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy isn't obscure at all. They are concrete, and built into your life as YOU WANT them to be. We are talking about baby steps, or short-term goals, to get you back on track toward independence! Ready?

1.) Your Daily Routine

Make a list of your typical errands, activities and tasks. Don't skip anything! 

Include the basics and start from the beginning. Do you set an alarm to wake up? Do you brush your teeth or shower first thing? Go step-by-step. Even simple activities like checking the mail, and reading the news should be included in this list. How about making the bed, calling your family, or prepping lunch? Include it all. 

2.) Name Your Top 10

Rank your top 10 essential activities that you currently aren't performing independently or safely.

Now, your list could be pretty long by now. That OK! That's what we want. Highlight, underline or star your difficult activities. You should have a sense of what these are. What do you need help with now? Which tasks are daunting? Which errands do you avoid? Highlight 10. 

3.) Scoring Guide

Rate the difficulty of each of your top 10 activities on a scale of 1-10, "1" being an easily accomplished task

To give you a better idea, score your most difficult task as a "10" (this might be easier). This could be anything from preparing Thanksgiving Dinner to getting laundry done. Work your way backwards - assigning a separate number to each task. 

4.) Mapping Your Goals

Reorganize your list, from lowest score to highest.

Should look something like this:

  1. Writing checks
  2. Cleaning the bathroom
  3. Organizing my mail
  4. Sending email on my phone
  5. Keeping a calendar
  6. Making coffee
  7. Doing laundry
  8. Making scrambled eggs
  9. Chopping vegetables
  10. Preparing a meal for others

Begin scheduling one task per week for the next 10 weeks. For each week, research applicable equipment, tools and services that can assist you in becoming more independent.

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