Goal setting can be a challenging task for anyone. We tell ourselves we will accomplish a task by a certain time – and some of the time never do. Today I will be go over some of the ways to help make goals and how to ensure they are met.
In my classes at school, I was taught a method to ensure a goal can be easily accomplished. When you go to write your goal down, write in terms of SMART * while also considering the 5 Ws and H (who, what, where, when, why and how.)
* SMART is an acronym that stands for:
S – specific (Who is apart of my goal? What do I need to do? Where will it be done? When will it be done?)
M – measurable (How much do I need to do in order to complete it? *anything here will be considered quantifiable*)
A – attainable (How can I accomplish this goal? What resources do I need? Can this goal be met?)
R – realistic (Is this goal within my scope of knowledge? Is this goal difficult? mediocre? easy?)
T – timely (How long will it take me to complete it? What can I do today? Tomorrow? A week from now?)
Now that the goal has been set, it’s time to actively meet it. Here are a few tips on how to help meet your goal:
- Write it down – this should be somewhere where you check often (whether it be your planner, journal, etc.)
- Make yourself a checklist – as basic as this sounds, by making yourself a checklist of all the things you want to accomplish within a time frame (for example, that day or within a week) you can see your requirements being met and checked off.
- Seek help from others if needed – sometimes we feel that we need to accomplish our goals on our own. It is possible to accomplish some goals on our own, but there are times where reaching out asking for help is necessary.
Goals are important for many of reasons. Goals help us see our accomplishments in a different perspective. But it also helps us to get a better understanding of how hard work truly does pay off.
Before I end this post, I’d like to point out that there are times when we won’t meet our goals. And that is 100% okay. It is impossible as humans to accomplish everything. However, if and when you reach this point, take it as a learning opportunity. Look back at what you did and see the strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement are. That way there the next time you make a goal for yourself, you know what worked best and what didn’t.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.