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The Art of Goal Setting

By August 20, 2015 No Comments

Some people say that a goal isn’t worth setting unless it’s a huge, scary one. Regularly setting small goals can be just as valuable though, and you can use them to help you achieve bigger ones that might otherwise be too overwhelming. Try following this process:

Decide what you want and why
This can sometimes be the hardest part of the whole process. It’s important to be clear on what you’d like the final outcome to be, whether it’s something physical like a new car or doing well on all your courses, or something less tangible like being happier.

Know exactly what your goal looks like
If it’s a new car, what kind of car would you like? What marks would you need to get to feel you did well on your courses? Being happier for you may mean setting a goal to do more things you enjoy and having friends that support you in doing these things.

Check the details
This step helps you figure out if your goal is attainable and what time frame you might need to achieve it, for example:

  • Find out what your new car costs and work out how much you’d have to save or borrow every month to get it.
  • How much would you need to study and would some extra tutoring sessions help with your courses?
  • What do you need to stop doing to create space in your life for activities that make you feel good?

Then make a plan for each step, for example:

  • Consider what you could do to earn or save some extra money or whether you could borrow it from somewhere.
  • Schedule the study time in your diary, rather than just doing it as and when, and book time with a tutor if you need it.
  • Join a group where you can do activities you love and meet new, like-minded people.

Now do it
Planning is pretty useless unless you follow through with action. Start doing what you’ve planned, being prepared to adjust as you go if necessary, as long as it brings you closer to your goal.

Remember that the most important step is the very next one you’ve decided to take. Just take that and you’ll build momentum for the next one, then the next one, and before you know it, you’ll have achieved your goal.
SMART goals

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