If you don’t know where to begin…. Start by making some S.M.A.R.T goals for yourself. This can be for many areas of your life.
- Specific goals more likely to be achieved than non-specific goals
- Measure your progress-
- HOW will I measure progress?
- HOW many?
- HOW much?
- Helps to stay on track
- Reach target dates
- Break a large goal into small steps
- Can this really happen?
- What steps are involved?
- Personal & situational factors affect ability to reach goal
- What skills, abilities, and knowledge is required to reach goal?
T: Time- Bound
- Need start points & end points
- What are the deadlines?
- Without deadlines, goal is put aside
- Start your goal statement with TO + a VERB
- Use the SMART Goal Criteria
- Use Positive language!
- Ex. To study for the midterm and achieve at least 80%, I will review my notes for 1 hour everyday 1 week prior to the midterm.
- Ex. To lose 10 pounds by the last day of the semester, I will work out at the gym for 45 minutes 4 days a week for the entire semester.