How to Set and Achieve Personal Goals

Substitute the suit for pyjamas and basically everyone’s been here at least once or twice during exam season. Read this for help avoiding another visit!

Emmeline Accardi
September 29, 2020

If you want to take proactive steps to create the future you desire and get things done, you need to start setting goals in your life. 

Effective goal setting is a fundamental key to success. It allows you to overcome procrastination and visualize your dreams, grow, and create the future you want. You can use personal goals to succeed in sports, school, work, and other areas of your life. They also help improve important things such as strategizing, prioritizing, time management, motivation, confidence and focusing on what’s important.

How to successfully take action and accomplish your goals

  1. Decide what you want your goals to be. Be specific and understand why you want to achieve them so you can have a clear purpose and direction. 
  2. Don’t make them overly complicated. Goals should always be challenging enough to be attainable, and not so difficult that they make you lose motivation and view them as impossible. 
  3. Set a time range so you don’t procrastinate and get started. Robert Herjavec said, “a goal without a timeline is just a dream.”
  4. Write them down somewhere you can see often. A 2015 study by psychologist Gail Matthews showed when people wrote down their goals, they were 33 percent more successful in achieving them than those who just formulated outcomes in their heads. 
  5. Break them into steps. You can do this with a planner, calendar, or notebook. This makes them more organized, easier to handle, and can help you understand what you have to do to achieve them. Setting smaller goals that allow for small wins helps you move onto larger achievements. These small goals lead to progress.
  6. “Stack” your goals with other habits you already have so that you can remember to work towards them. For example, if you want to finish your essay by a certain date, say that “I will work on my essay after every dinner this week.” Habit stacking works well because you create a specific plan for when and where you will implement your goals, and link your new goals to something you are already doing each day. It is an efficient, easy way to implement something you want to do into your routine. 
  7. Ignore unnecessary distractions. If something is not important and won’t help you achieve your goals, don’t make time for it. 
  8. Find an accountability partner. Someone who can help you stay on track and make sure you get things done is extremely beneficial. It’s been proven that people are 65% more likely to achieve their goals if they have someone to keep them accountable.
  9. Track your progress. Seeing everything you achieve will help keep you motivated and also keep you on track on completing things in the time range you have set for yourself. 
  10. Remember to reward yourself for your efforts. Research shows that you are more likely to reach your goal if you reward yourself for your accomplishments. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing tasks, which will motivate you to work.

It’s difficult to reach new goals. You’re asking yourself to stretch, to grow, and to try new things. So don’t beat yourself up if sometimes you fall behind a bit. Be patient with yourself and learn from your mistakes instead.


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