We encourage you to share these tips with your colleagues and students.
What are goals and how important are they?
Setting goals give us a destination and vision of where we want to be or what we want to accomplish. When you know where you want to go, you can manage your time and resources to get to your destination. Goals for the future are your long-term goals. The tasks involved in achieving the long-term goals are broken into smaller tasks, which then become your short-term goals.
How do you create your long and short term goals and successfully achieve them?
First, determine your long-term goal and use it as a motivator to help you look beyond the present and push you to where you want to be in the future. For example, do you want to finish your studies in 1 year, 2 years or 5 years? Do you want to become a lawyer or own a home? It’s your choice. Pick a date and write it where you can see it every day to help reach that goal.
Next, you create short-term goals that relates to your long-term goal. Make your goals specific and allow yourself enough time to accomplish them. Eliminate or reduce activities that do not align to your goals. Each week develop a daily schedule and create a to do list of your personal and academic activities. Post your to do list where you can see it and review it daily to help you organize your day.
Finally, choose goals wisely and intelligently. Establish goals that will create balance rather than challenges. It will keep you focused and prevents you from becoming overwhelmed.
5 things to remember when establishing achievable goals:
- Who owns the goals: Ask the question, “Are these my goals?” Setting goals that are not yours is setting you up for possible failure. It will be difficult to manage your goals if you are not motivated.
- Attitude: Keep a positive attitude. Start your day with a positive mindset. Maintain the right attitude by using positive language.
- Performance: Measure your performance by setting time for your goals. Set a start time and end time. Stick to your schedule.
- Be flexible: Juggling different priorities can be taxing and can cause conflict. Challenges can derail you from successfully achieving your goals, so be open to changes and learn to negotiate.
- Prioritize: It is important to learn how to prioritize your task if you want to manage your time better. Prioritizing helps you focus on what’s urgent. Your ability to prioritize important responsibilities will allow you to keep a balanced life and successfully reach your goals.