Setting goals is a great way to start off a new school year for everyone in your family. However, setting a goal doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll achieve that goal. That requires dedication, planning, and effort, all of which can be made easier by setting thoughtful goals. Here are a few things to keep in mind when setting goals that will hopefully help you achieve them.
Set a Timeline
A goal without a timeline can fade into obscurity easily. Make sure to set a definite date for achievement. For example, if you want to run a half-marathon, sign up for the marathon you plan to run so that you can establish a reasonable training schedule. Long-term goals can be more difficult to achieve. If you struggle in math but want to get at least a B in the course for the year, it may be better to focus on smaller goals (i.e. I want to get a 92 on this next math test) that will help you accomplish your larger goal. Make sure your goals aren’t overwhelming and impossible, but give yourself some credit and be a little ambitious!
Find a Minute or Two
To accomplish anything, you need to dedicate time to it. If you want to ace the SATs, you need to set aside time every day to practice taking the exam. Make your goal part of your daily schedule. If it’s a long-term goal, you may be able to be a little more flexible with when you dedicate time to it, but the shorter the time line the less breaks you can take. Map out a training plan as soon as you set your goal. To get that B in your math class, you’ll have to set aside at least twenty minutes a night to review the material, whether or not you have homework.
Get an Accomplice
Achieving a goal is always easier when you have someone right beside you. Whether it’s a tutor for an academic subject or a swimming partner, having someone encouraging you to meet your goal will be a huge boost on those days when you feel burned out. Make sure that your accomplice is as dedicated to helping you achieve the goal as you are!
When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!
The great thing about having a measurable goal with a set end-date is that when you’ve accomplished it, you can celebrate your hard work!
After you’ve accomplished a goal, you may find it addictive. You’ll want to keep setting goals throughout your life, whether it’s in school or in a future career or life in general. Goals help you focus on what’s important, and setting smart goals make those dreams attainable realities.