You've probably heard of goal setting before, and maybe thought about doing it, or just thought it was dumb. Whatever your view of it was, we're here to tell you that it is something you absolutely should be doing. So grab your pen and notebook so we can get started.
Goal setting is shown to completely alter peoples lives. Putting your goals down on paper helps free the mind of trying to remember what's important. Goal setting relieves stress and keeps your mind focused on the task at hand. One key to goal setting is to set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, results-focussed, and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T Goals). Using this format can help you understand your goals, and will help you achieve them. Here is an explanation of S.M.A.R.T goals.
How to make your goals
A pretty common goal that most people have is to get in shape. This is great, but this goal does not include any information about how this goal will be achieved. This is why breaking your goals down into weekly and daily goals will significantly help you achieve them. Here are some long-term goals we will use, and break down further:
- Get in shape
- Get A's this semester
- Make more money
Now let's dive in deeper to setting these goals on a weekly basis. The simple 5-minute exercise of writing goals down daily helps clear the mind, and keep your actions in line with your goals. Starting is tough. Reminding yourself every day to set goals can be tedious and seem time-consuming. An easy way to start is to do it weekly. Whether its Sunday or Monday, start by writing down some goals you have for the week. Here is an example:
- Run 5 miles this week
- Attend all of my classes this week
- Pick up 3 more shifts this week
See, it's very simple. There is a goal that’s good for your health, one that is good for the school, and another that is good for you bank account. These goals are also measurable. For the goal of running 5 miles this week, you can run a mile each day to complete, or do it all in one day. It’s a measurable number. Same with attending all of your classes, and with picking up more shifts. These goals are more specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused, and time-bound than the ones up above, and they work towards the main goals you have.
Goal setting, and using discipline to complete those goals will significantly simplify your life, and make your work/life/school balance easier.
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