People suck at setting goals.
I mean … most people don’t set them period, so I can’t complain too much. If I ask a room of students “what are your academic goals?” I get more than a few blank stares.
But the ones that do respond will say something like:
“I want to get better grades.”
“I want to get all As this semester.”
“I want to be better organized.”
While those are better than nothing, they’re still lousy goals.
A good goal has four necessary ingredients.
It has to be:
- In your control
“Better grades” is super vague. And while it is measurable, it’s actually something you don’t have a ton of control over.
And that last part is the most important.
Instead, a better goal might be:
“To study physics for half an hour every evening, type up my notes from class, and write down any questions I have to ask my teacher.”
It’s specific, it’s measurable, and it’s timed.
But most importantly, it’s 100% in your control.
Speaking of things in your control, I’ve been a lot more active on Instagram lately. If you have an IG account, I’d appreciate checking out what I’m doing! I’m at @maximilianhart_
I’d love to see you over there!