Four Top Tips for Successful Goal Setting
By Nicholas Sinclair | January 10, 2020
Now that the new year is here, now is the perfect time to set your goals for 2020. But many new year’s goals fall short in the first few months or even weeks of being set. So, in recognizing this, we have put together a few of the key tips to help you set yourself for successful goal setting this year.
1. Split Your Goals
Setting goals not only provides you with a sense of accountability, but it can also assist with focus, achieving outcomes [things you’ve been putting off for months, because…procrastination] and can provide you with a real sense of achievement when you reach them.
Goal setting is made up of many smaller objectives. By splitting your goal into smaller [more manageable] parts, it can be less overwhelming and can help you with your progress. Try creating a checklist where you define your goals and, using dot points, break them into smaller parts and work on those individually. You’ll be amazed how this will make it easier and you’ll be smashing your goals in no time!
2. Find Motivation
With any goal it’s important to understand what your motivation is. This is important, because how can you hope to achieve these goals if you’re not clear on the reason you’re doing them. Maybe you’re chasing that dream job, or a sense of security, or maybe…you’re driven by a burning sense of passion!
Whatever the outcome, remind yourself of exactly what you want to achieve, then stick it everywhere [or brand it to your head, whatever works for you!] for the world to see and continue soldiering on.
3. Write Them Down
There is no better time than at the beginning of the year to set new goals or take on old ones you didn’t finish [#guilty]. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that often these great intentions fail in a matter of days, if not weeks.
So, if you’re going to complete your goals, you should try writing them down. Write or print your goals on a piece of paper and stick them somewhere you will see them regularly. Studies have shown that you can be up to 40% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
4. Be Specific
There’s nothing more distracting than goals that aren’t clear and concise. If your goals aren’t clear, it’s a good indication that your overall intention isn’t either. Think about what you’re trying to achieve, but also the steps you’re going to take to achieve them.
If you’re an online student there are many benefits to this, including flexibility. However, this can also have its disadvantages. That’s why tools like study plans and goals can be beneficial. Consider reviewing your course, determine what is required and set some clear dates and objectives.
For example, if you have 12 units left, aim to complete one each month over the course of the year.
Whatever your study goals are, visualize yourself doing the work and how great you would feel once you complete them!
Finally, when it comes to achieving your goals – every part of the process is important [including your dreams, steps and short-term objectives]. In trying different tips for setting goals, something will work for you and this will make it easier for you to do again in the future!
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