Don’t Just Set Goals, Set SMART Goals

All throughout my school years, I was always told that it’s important to set goals. This makes sense, as setting goals helps you progress. But the task of actually setting a goal, and then achieving the goal, is a little more complicated than people let on. How you set up your goal has a lot to do with how well you will be able to achieve it. I’m sure you’ve all heard people talk about making SMART goals. Maybe you’ve wondered what they are or why they are successful. Making SMART goals is a great skill to have, and can help you move forward in many different areas of life: school, work, personal life, etc.

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (there may be slight variations in the words used for each letter, but they mean the same thing). First of all, when setting a goal, it is often helpful to physically write it down and place it somewhere you will see it regularly. Any goal you decide to work towards should be specific. A specific goal is well-defined and targets a certain thing you want to achieve. A good goal is also one that is measurable, meaning the goal can be quantified or provides the ability to measure progress towards the end goal. This will help you monitor how you’re doing. It’s highly important when setting a goal for yourself to remember to make the goal achievable. If the goal isn’t realistically possible, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Goals should challenge yourself, but not be outside the realm of possibility. Also, a relevant goal is more meaningful, and you are more likely to work hard towards something that you see as worthwhile. A key part of goal-setting is to make the goal time-bound. Allow yourself enough time to accomplish the goal, but also give yourself a deadline which will help you keep yourself accountable. Setting goals for yourself is a really great habit, but setting SMART goals is even better.

Goal setting advice from Cal Poly Academic Skills Center: http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/settinggoals.html

Events for the day:

5/16: QPR: Suicide Intervention Skills Training – RSVP Required to hrober02@calpoly.edu, Bldg. 27 Room 153 | 3:10pm – 4:30pm

Upcoming Events:

5/17:  Mental, Emotional, Resilience Fair @Mustang Way and Mott Lawn | 11:00am – 1:00pm

5/18: Thursday Learn @ Lunch – Sleep, Memory, & Emotion w/ Dr. Kelly Bennion @Robert E. Kennedy Library Room 216B | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

5/18: ASI Mustang Mile @ Mustang Way | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

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