Be S.M.A.R.T. about setting goals

In this blog we are going to discuss goal setting. Some of you may be wondering why we are writing a blog about this topic. Goals, we all know what it means to set a goal right? Well that might be true, however do we ever really think about why setting goals in college is a smart thing to do? When setting goals for yourself you want to make sure these goals inspire you to work harder and not to create more pressure or stress on yourself.

It is important that you have goals in college, things that you want to work hard to accomplish. Sometimes setting good goals can be more challenging than you might think so I am going to share with you how to create S.M.A.R.T goals for yourself throughout college.

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Specific: Your goals must be specific, you want to know exactly what you are setting out to accomplish. If you ask yourself the 5 W’s- who, what, when, where and why, that will help you to have a clear and specific goal.

Measurable: Make sure you can measure your goals. Set target dates. For example, if your goal is to make an A in math class, after a month in the class talk with your teacher and see where you stand or how you did on your first exam. Make sense?

Attainable: Once you have determined what goals you would like to set for yourself, make sure and ask yourself are these goals really something you can attain? Setting goals should not be discouraging and setting goals that you cannot reach might turn out to be just that. Align your goals with your skills and abilities that will make them easier to attain.

Relevant: Set goals that are relevant. For example, you should set a goal that aligns with what your major is or an internship or job you may have at the time.

Timely: Set a time period that you want to accomplish your goals within. If you do not have a timeline in mind for when you want to reach your goal you will not have any sense of urgency to reach them. Make sure you give yourself a reasonable amount of time but not too much time. The longer period of time you give yourself to complete something the more likely it is that goal will never get accomplished.

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As you can see, using the five themes listed above will help you to create inspiring and attainable goals throughout your college career.

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