Happy new year everyone!
2020. A new year. A new decade. Full of potential opportunities.
I know that most of you might have already written down your resolutions for the year – lose weight, get a better GPA, graduate on time, find a job… It may be hard to be realistic about achieving goals and staying committed to them can be hard. I have failed numerous times.
This year I propose that you clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, and use your time productively by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.
First, let me define what S.M.A.R.T. stands for and what questions you should ask yourself when setting up a S.M.A.R.T. goal:
• What do you want to accomplish?
• Why is this goal important?
• How to track your progress and stay motivated?
• How can you accomplish this goal?
• Does this seem worthwhile?
• Does this match your efforts/needs?
• What is the target date/deadline of this goal?
Last year, I had three goals for university: to graduate with high distinction, to find a job by the time I graduate, and to apply for the Gordon Cressy Awards.
The question was how would I make them into S.M.A.R.T. goals?
For example, my first goal was to graduate with high distinction. The S.M.A.R.T. way to tackle this is as follows:
• The goal I wanted to accomplish was to graduate in June 2019 with high distinction. This goal was important to me because I will eventually apply to graduate school and this will help.
• It is measurable. To get high distinction you need above a certain GPA and I knew what my current GPA was and how well I needed to do in my courses to get there.
• I needed certain grades in my courses to get that GPA so I’ll do my best in those courses to maximize my chances of getting that GPA.
• With the amount of effort that was needed, I was certain that this goal would make me proud of myself. In hindsight, it certainly did!
• The last day of exams was my deadline. That meant that I had four months to work on this goal.
Last tip: Although this might seem excessive, it is beneficial to write your S.M.A.R.T. goals down. For more advice on how to succeed with your new year’s resolutions check out this video.
I wish you good luck in your endeavours for 2020.