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The 5 minute goal-setting task

January 1, 2017

 

 

There's something dramatic, fresh and exciting about the start of a new calendar year and it poses the opportunity to seize the momentum.  I urge students to create a plan and set goals at the start of the academic year but the new year brings with it a new beginning, a moment to pause and start anew, so seize it with this 5 minute goal setting task.

 

Studies show that students who set their own goals can achieve more, are more likely to take responsibility, make a commitment, invest more time, put in more effort, prioritise studying and have greater motivation.  

 

When you think about your goals, think big!  Know that you can achieve great things, simply by staying focussed and putting in the effort.  Whatever your starting point, you have the capacity to significantly improve, all it takes is a commitment from you to put in the work.

 

This is a quick 5 minute goal setting task.   Think of the three most important goals you want to achieve this year.  This is about specific results related to your studies.  Choose one goal in each of these three categories:

 

  1. Your goal in your exams

  2. Your goal as a result of your studying e.g. get into a specific university, get a particular job

  3. Your goal for your well-being e.g. getting enough sleep, joining a sports team

 

Follow the ‘SMART’ golden rules of goal setting.  'SMART' stands for: specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time specific. 

 

  • Spell out specifically what you want to achieve.  This could include specific grades you want  in each subject,  a specific university you want to get into, a specific job offer, a specific part of your well-being you want to do well in such as sleep, exercise.

  • Spell out exactly how you’re going to measure it.  Take the specific goals and write down how you will measure your success in each.  For the grades it’s straight forward but for other areas you need to think of ways you will measure your success.

  • Ensure you can take action to achieve your goals.  Give some examples of how you will take action on each of your goals.

  • Your goals should be realistic but don’t be afraid to aim high.  By committing to doing your best, you can think big when setting your goals.

  • Put a specific time on it.  For example, by the end of the academic year.

 

Now write down your goals using the prompts below.  Goals written down carry more weight.

 

 

 

My 3 goals for 2017 are:

 

Goal 1 – my grades:

What is the specific goal?

How will you measure it?

What action will you take to achieve it?

Is it realistic?

Achieve by?

 

Goal 2 – my life: 

What is the specific goal?

How will you measure it?

What action will you take to achieve it?

Is it realistic?

Achieve by?

 

 

Goal 3 – my well-being:

What is the specific goal?

How will you measure it?

What action will you take to achieve it?

Is it realistic?

Achieve by?

 

 

Happy 2017! 

May this year bring you great success without the stress!

 

The photo is my view of the London Firework display at midnight, 1st January 2017.  That's Nelson's column you can see in the foreground.

 

© Amanda Dewinter

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