As college men and women, our lives are extremely busy. We have so much going on that it can sometimes be difficult to prioritize our commitments. Our lives consist of balancing friends, family, school work, jobs, relationships, Greek life, and much more. By setting S.M.A.R.T goals at the beginning of the semester, it can be easier to achieve a successful term! S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound.
- Specific: target a specific area for improvement, not just a general area. A specific goal has a better chance of being accomplished. What exactly do you want to achieve?
- Measurable: establish clear definitions to help you measure if you are reaching your goal. Can you track the progress and measure the outcome?
- Achievable: goals should be attainable. They should slightly challenge you, but shouldn’t be so hard to accomplish it is impossible to reach them. Can you visualize the path to achieving your goals?
- Relevant: link the goal to something important to you. When you identify goals that are most important to you, then you can begin to figure out how to accomplish that goal. Is it applicable to the place you are in your life right now?
- Time-bound: specify when the results can be achieved. Make sure to keep the time frame realistic to your goal. When do you want your goal to be met?
Making S.M.A.R.T goals can help any college student balance their life better. Good luck achieving your goals and dreams!