Setting goals are a great way to stay focused and avoid stress. Short-term goals can be little steps to accomplishing long-term goals.
How To Make Goal(s)
- Be Specific: break down and phrase goals into steps that are easily identified (e.g. happy= getting a 3.0 GPA for this semester; or get a good grade = study for an hour a day so I can get an A on the test)
- Reasonable: do you realistically have the ability, time, and interest to do the goal you are setting (e.g. I can't realistically write a research paper that is 15 pages in one night if I also have a game that night)
- Valuable: Why is this goal worthwhile? What are my reasons for doing this goal(s)? This is what I will gain from achieving this goal(s)?
- Multi-faceted: Have goals for school, work, and your personal life. Make goals from each area work together and not against each other.
- Reachable: Set a specific date by which to accomplish the goal(s). Build in several dates before your completion date in order to evaluate progress on goal(s).
- Measurable: Make sure progress can be measured and easily identified.