Setting goals is an important part of your college career. They can keep you organized, motivated and help you fight off procrastination, useful skills not just for college but for your life. A goal accomplished can leave you feeling on the top of the world. Likewise, a goal failed may make you feel discouraged. So how do you know what goals to set and how? There are several steps to setting an efficient, attainable goal.
You should begin by getting out pen and paper, or opening a text document and brainstorming everything you want to achieve. These things could be anywhere from trying out a new hair style, to your potential career, to your health. Anything that you want to achieve, write down. Now that we have a list, we can begin to organize it’s contents.
Look through your list. Are your goals reasonable? Basically could your goal, realistically, be accomplished within the time frame you assign it, with the time and materials you have, or will have to offer? For example, writing and publishing 40 books before you’re 30, is not very likely. Books take a very long time to write, and it can be very hard to get published. This goal in unrealistic and should be set aside or modified. Is your goal to be completed soon, in six months or in many years? Next your should determine whether your goals are long term or short term, and figure out an approximate time frame for them. If you’re goal is unrealistic, you will be setting yourself up for a hard blow. A goal set to high and failed can make you feel badly about yourself, when in actuality it was the goal that was wrong, not you.
Make sure when choosing a goal that it is truly a goal you want to achieve. It is your life and your happiness on the line. Don’t live for someone else’s idea of what you should be. They may want you to live a certain life, but ultimately you are the one living it, not them. Success should be defined by you, not someone else. When you have a goal decided, pick a few that you want to get started on, and think about what they entail. What kind of effort will they require, what kind of materials, how much time? Will they require assistance from others? Besides having a realistic goal, you should have realistic expectations of what achieving that goal will require. Don’t assume you will get things on the first try, for example.
Start small and don’t forget it is okay to reward yourself every now and then. Starting with a small goal that is easier to accomplish will get you on track, moving forward, and thinking positive. If there is a goal that you know you will be bad about getting done, set a reward for yourself at the end. For example, you know you are really awful at reading the chapters of your text book along with the lectures instead of the weekend before the test. Set a reward. If you read all the chapters you will allow yourself a special dinner at the end of any week. Like any reward, you shouldn’t use this tactic every time, it could dig a hole in your wallet, and get you off track if you begin to focus only on the rewards.
Remember that in the end a goal is for you, to help you achieve things that are good for you in your life. If you set reasonable, attainable goals you will live better and feel better. Make reasonable, well thought out goals for you, and no one else, and soon you’ll be accomplishing things you thought you ‘d never do.