Everybody has a vision or goal that they may or may not be actively working toward. However, not everyone is able to put together an effective strategy to achieve their goal. Inefficient goal-planning typically leads to recurring failures which can cause a lot of frustration. It could even discourage one from pursuing their goals any further.
There are numerous factors that could affect how successfully you carry out your goal-planning, such as the difficulty of the goal, the time required, etc. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your future goals.
Using S.M.A.R.T. goals is an effective way to set goals with which you can track your progress as you work toward your goal!
S. – Specific
Avoid setting ambiguous goals as much as possible. The more specific your goal is, the better your chances of success.
Instead of: “I want to help out the local charity.”
Try: “I want to raise $500 for the local charity”.
M. – Measurable
Set goals that you can easily track as you go along.
Instead of: “I want to spend time volunteering at my local charity.”
Try: “I want to spend 200 hours volunteering at my local charity.”
A. – Achievable
It’s important to set goals that are attainable, but also challenging altogether.
Instead of: “I want to cure homelessness in my city.”
Try: “I want to start a student group that raises funds and awareness for the state of homelessness in my city.”
R. – Relevant
Make sure your goal directly tackles your chosen issue.
Instead of: “I want to plan a strike in front of the local city hall to help out people who do not have winter coats for the winter.”
Try: “I want to organize a clothes drive in my community to help out people who do not have winter coats for the winter.”
T. – Time-bound
A large reason why people end up procrastinating on their goals is that they do not give themselves a time limit. Setting a relatively short time limit for your goal will not only motivate you to work hard toward the goal, but it will also prevent you from slacking off on it for a long period of time.
Instead of: “I want to plan a 5K Run as a fundraiser!”
Try: “I want to plan a safe route for the run by January and contact sponsors by February!”
Although these tips are excellent for setting up your goals, it takes grit and patience to actually achieve them. In testing times, remember why you started to pursue your goal and keep in mind how beneficial the outcomes of the goal will be. Good luck!