Set Your Goals for 2013

2013 is coming soon. It is time to set your goals for the new year! Here are some tips on setting goals:

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Setting goals is the first step toward success. (Photo by Sean MacEntee)

Tip One: Know Different Types of Goals

1. Academic Goals: Goals related to academic could be passing a certain course, passing SAT or ACT ( check this post for tips on preparing for these tests), or raising grade point average.

2. financial Goals: They are goals that are related to money. For example, you have a goal to make $2000 to buy your first car.

3. Physical Goals: Physical goals can be losing or gaining certain weight, quitting smoking, or improving skin condition.

4. Other goals: Other goals can be community service goals, fun goals, or even life goals.

Tip Two: Balance Between Different Goals

It is important to have a balance between different goals, especially if you are a student. As a student, you should put your academic goals on first place among all goals. In order to have a balance between goals, you should avoid setting too many goals. Quality is more important than quantity.

Tip Three: Be Realistic

Goals like having a perfect score on SAT may never be reached. instead of daydreaming, set some goals that you have a good chance to reach. For example, you can set a goal to improve your SAT score by 100 points. That is goal is reachable if you work hard using the right way.

Tip Four: Use a Planner to Help You

Write down your goals while setting them, so you can track your achievement later. A planner can also set a time on your goal, so there is a better chance that you will reach the goal instead of forgetting it. Here is a website that can help your with setting academic goals. You can also use any kind of notebook as a planner or even your phone!

Tip Five: Divide a Big Goal into Several Small Goals

Sometimes a goal can be so big that you do not even know where to start with it. Divide a big goal into small goals can solve that problem. You can make short-term goals that would lead to a long-term goal. You will be amazed how big the goal you reach by accomplishing small goals.

Tip Six: Tell Someone Your Goals

If you are worried that you would become lazy on reaching your goals, you should tell someone you trust about your goals. Family members, teachers, friends are good choice of people to go to. Ask others for help to remind you of the goals when you get lazy. Also, other people may give you good advise on setting and reaching the goals.

Tip Seven: Adjust Your Goals

Your goals should be adjustable. You may find a goal unreachable and it is okay. Just be flexible and do what you can to set another more realistic goal. But also remember, you should be consistent with a reachable goal. Do not give up because of your own laziness.

For more tips on setting goals, check this website.

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