My high school was all about that goal setting. In the beginning of the school year, we were required to set goals in different aspects of our lives (physical, emotional, academic, etc) and assess our goals each quarter. I didn’t quite understand the point then, but it is a habit I have continued into my senior year of college. I’m not going to bore you into the purpose of setting goals, because I’m sure you’re all well aware of the benefits. For me, setting goals keeps me motivated each semester, and I feel accomplished when I am able to cross one off my list.
Today, I am going to share with you some tips on setting goals and examples!
Tip 1: Don’t set only academic goals
It is important to be well-rounded, so try not to focus on only academic goals! Obviously school comes first, but make sure you’re also paying attention to the physical/mental health, professional development, and social aspects of your life.
Tip 2: If a goal isn’t working, modify it instead of getting rid of it all together
It can be tempting to give up if you aren’t reaching your goals as quickly as you had hoped. But, maybe you just need to take a step back and tweak it, rather than completely getting rid of it. It is easy to be unrealistic when setting goals, so modification can be crucial in my opinion!
Tip 3: Have a few “fun” goals or hobby related ones
Goal setting isn’t very exciting if you only focus on school or career objectives. I always make a few of my goals pertain to things that I find entertaining.
Work out three times a week
Go to X yoga classes a month
Eat in at least X days of the week
Attend X career fairs this school year
Update and connect on LinkedIn
Attend a networking event
Join a new club
Stay involved in club
Volunteer through a student organization
Attend all of your classes
Make Dean’s List or X GPA
Read 5 leisure books in a semester
Write X blog posts a week
(X = fill-in-the-blank!)