There’s never been a better time to start thinking about setting new goals you can work towards in the New Year. Even though goal-setting seems like an easy task, it’s much more difficult to stick to them if they’re not carefully considered. In fact, goal-setting is a fairly simple process, however, particular areas need to be thought about in detail to make sure long-term goals are achievable, realistic and motivating rather than overwhelming. Here’s some excellent goal setting strategies to help get you ready for the New Year.
Why Should I Set Goals?
Setting goals has many benefits. Just a few include improving your confidence, helping you make better decisions, as well as giving you motivation to work hard and achieve success. Need we say more?!
One of the most important strategies for setting goals is being specific. Goals that include specific performance standards are going to be much more effective. In fact, goals should be precise, instead of vague or generic- this way you know exactly what you’re working towards. Do this by asking yourself harder questions. For example, instead of knowing that you want to improve in English, ask yourself what grade you want to achieve. This way your original goal of ‘To try my best in English’ changes to ‘Achieve an A in English.’ Having this measurable target will also help improve your motivation levels and boost productivity as you’ll be able to easily monitor your progress.
Time Stamp Your Goals
When setting goals, it’s often more effective to set short-term, manageable tasks that actively work towards your long-term goal, rather than it being your only focus. So, once you have chosen some goals for next year, break each one down into smaller sections, and set imminent deadlines for each individual task. These smaller goals hold you accountable for your original goal sooner rather than later and means you can start taking actionable steps straight away. It will also help you believe that you’ll actually be able to achieve your goal and provide internal motivation to work hard.
Set Achievable Goals
Even though the difficulty of goals doesn’t directly affect performance, it’s still an important point to consider. Having overly easy goals won’t be enough of a challenge, while a super difficult goal can feel overwhelming and impossible to achieve. Either way you’ll likely to be left feeling unmotivated and not even wanting to try. Instead, when choosing your goals for next year, make sure you opt for moderate difficulty levels that you believe you have the skills to achieve. Not sure what you’re capable of? Talk to teachers or a family member to see what they think may be some realistic goals to aim for.
Finally, set goals that are relevant to your life, studies and the direction you want to moving in. By making sure your goals are aligned with what you want to achieve, you’ll be much more likely to develop the focus you need to get ahead and work hard. If you set scattered and irrelevant targets, you may end up wasting time or not even trying at all. That’s why it’s crucial to sit down and take the time to consider what you actually want to accomplish and why it’s important to you before choosing it as a concrete goal. Remember, try not to be influenced by what other people such as your parents or teachers want you to achieve or what your friends are working towards- you do you!
By applying these simple strategies, it will make sure you’re setting realistic goals that you can actually accomplish. Remember, the earlier you start setting goals, the sooner you can get on the path to success and actively participate in your own future!