Goal Setting

 

Does the way you spend your time reflect things you care about? Write down key areas in your life such as studies, family, friends, interests, future directions and what you’d like to achieve in each of them. Then, arrange them in order of importance to you.

Are there areas which you don’t care about but seem to be spending time on any way?

E.g. surfing the internet, reading gossip magazines

Are there areas you would like to spend more time on?

E.g. your interest in acting, exercising, taking the dog out for a walk

Are there any areas you could drop?

E.g. weekly piano classes which you no longer enjoy

Once you have decided the areas that are a priority for you, it would be good to create goals for what you would like to achieve in the short and long term by using “SMART” goals

 
 

 

SMART Goals

 

Specific
An unclear goal would be “I want to be fitter”. A more detailed goal would be “I will go running every Tuesday and Saturday evening”.
Measurable
This refers to how you will know that you have reached your goal e.g. “I will be able to run 5km without stopping by the end of 3 months”.
Achievable
Are the goals within your ability?
Realistic
Are your goals realistic or are they too difficult? E.g. setting a goal to run 5km without stopping in a week would be unrealistic
Timed
What is your time frame for achieving your goal? In this case, 3 months is the time frame.


Having written down a goal, consider what steps you will need to take to achieve this. Write them out in order so that you can see your progress towards your goal.