Setting Effective Goals to Get 'er Done

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We all seem to set goals in life, whether it’s where we see ourselves in the future, or which assignments we want to finish by the end of the week. But simply setting goals is easy — it’s more important to set goals that you know you’re going to achieve. That’s why I decided to write this post. There are many resources that provide advice on how to set goals, but I’ve decided to boil it down to three main tips:

Create a concise list 

Condense your goals to a shorter and productive list in order to get things done. Image from here.

Condense your goals to a shorter and productive list in order to get things done.
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At the beginning of this past summer, I made a huge list of everything I wanted to achieve during the four months off school. The problem was, it was so long that I wasn’t able to focus on every item on the list, and didn’t end up accomplishing even half of my goals. This applies to academic or professional goals as well. Write down every thing you wish to achieve, and then condense it to a shortlist of specific main goals, in order to stay focused, productive, and have time to attain them.

Make them time sensitive

Image from here.

Image from here.

Of course, goals need to have some sort of timeline. Divide your shortlist into “short-term” and “long-term” goals, and then assign an appropriate and attainable time-frame for each goal. That way, you are working towards a due date that suits each item on your list, even if you’ve created the deadlines yourself!

Write (or type) them down and make them visible

It's so easy to find ways to make your goals visible! Image from here.

It’s so easy to find ways to make your goals visible! Image from here.

This may be obvious to some, but write down your goals! It’s possible that you’ll remember what you want to achieve for the semester, the year, or even in five years, but writing down your goals and hanging them up somewhere helps to make the goals more real. Not to mention, seeing them every day will hopefully motivate you to go out and take action towards getting things done.

 

How do you set effective goals? 

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