Recognize what needs to be changed in your life:
- What do you want to change?
- How do you want your life to be?
- Where are you with a particular concern at this time?
- How do I get there from here?
- Example: I'm tired of having a low GPR.
Group the major areas of change into smaller,
more manageable, goals:
- Example: I need to procrastinate less and study more frequently.
- Make a brief list of obstacles that would prevent you from achieving your goal.
- My dorm room has too many distractions.
- I don't have a schedule or plan for when the best time for me to study each day is.
- I have a calender that would help me plan daily study times.
- I know other students in my class study daily, maybe they could help me.
- I have the afternoons off from class, would this make good study time?
- My academic advisor would have good study skills suggestions.
- Better test scores.
- Higher GPR.
- More efficient study time means less last minute cram sessions.
- A better year-long balance between academic, social, and personal time.
Based on your 3 lists, develop an action plan for achieving
- Example: In my slow time from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, I will study 2 subjects per day for 1 hour each.
Set a time frame to accomplish your action
plan in stages.
Remember to start slow and build up to the desired plan gradually.
- 1st week: Study 1 hour a day on Monday through Friday.
- 2nd week: Study 1 hour a day on Tuesday & Thursday,
and 2 hours a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- 3rd week: Study 2 hours a day Monday through Friday.
Identify people who will help you monitor or accomplish the goal.
- Find a study partner.
- Attend a Time Management & Procrastination workshop at the Learning Skills Center.
- Announce to your friends that 3 pm - 5 pm is your study time at the library.
Reassess your goal on a weekly basis.
If you are having trouble accomplishing any goals by the specified time frames, are the time frames too strict or is the goal not at a small and manageable level?
Acknowledge that you will have successes and failures in achieving any worthwhile goal.
You will have a higher chance of achieving any goal if you can answer yes to all five of these questions:
- Am I doing this for myself? (Is this really my goal?)
- Is this a fair and realistic goal for me to accomplish?
- Does this single goal directly help me accomplish long range life goals?
- Am I capable of supporting this goal emotionally and physically?
- Can I close my eyes and mentally visualize myself reaching this goal?
Remember that goals are not set in stone. If the direction of your long range goals changes, so should your immediate goals!