Happy February! We hope you had a great time during your holidays and settled back into the routine of University life!

At the beginning of the year many of us like to think about what we want to achieve in the next 12 months. We might have set goals such as ‘to go out more’, ‘study harder’, ‘get better grades’, ‘get fitter’, and such like. In terms of careers, perhaps you’d like to get a part-time job, an internship, or try out volunteering…. but as the days in January go by you might find that your willpower and resolve to ‘just do it!’ weakens and you begin to feel discouraged.

Sounds familiar?

We believe that good goal-setting is an important part to making those dreams a reality. And so we’re sharing a powerful tool with you: SMART Goal-Setting.

A good goal is one that is:

Specific – clear and well-defined

Measurable – how to measure the degree of your success

Achievable – ensure it is something you can attain

Relevant – focus on your direction in life

Time-bound – the deadline of meeting goal

For example, the goal ‘to get fitter’ isn’t very clear or well-defined. How ‘fit’ is fit enough? How about setting the goal to ‘do 30 mins of jogging twice a week‘? Now we have a very clear goal, and it is also measurable, since it is objective whether that period of exercise is completed within that weekly time-limit. Is it achievable? If you are an able-bodied and healthy individual, it sounds fairly achievable. Is this a relevant goal? That depends on what your direction in life is and how that goals fits in with it. Is it Time-bound? Yes, the time limit has been set to twice a week.

Now that you have an idea of what it looks like to set clear, and SMART goals, it is important to write them down so you can review them regularly. There you have it, SMART goals!

As Abraham Lincoln said, ‘The best way to predict your future is to create it’, so go and shine!

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