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One of the keys to accomplishing goals is to write them down. It is hard to hit a target if you cant see it. Successfully accomplishing goals will lead to successful time management and the development of additional skills. There is a popular method of goal setting titled SMARTER. The acronyms letters represent Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluate and Re-do. Information and worksheets for using that method are easily accessible on the internet. There are also a number of audio books on goal setting that you can purchase or check out from the public library. One very successful audio book titled GOALS! By Brian Tracy is very informative and easy to understand. Listening to the CDs over and over allows you firmly understand the principles and will help you change an attitude or thought pattern that might be keeping you from setting or reaching a goal. The development and maintenance of a flexible personal schedule can also be attained through successful goals setting. The only limitations there are to your personal success are the limitations you put on yourself. I have a feeling youre going to do great things and accomplish any goal you set for yourself. Just because its work or complicated doesnt mean you dont have to enjoy it.
Some people try to accomplish too many tasks ultimately ending up with few things finished. But you can’t and honestly don’t need to complete and all those goals in one sitting. Moreover, feel free once in awhile to sacrifice the routine in order to finish a first priority task. That’s the right way if you want to achieve new heights!
I want to refer to a perfect example from the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. In one of the chapters, she interviewed a professor who would hand-pick the PhD students for a certain research group. Notably, receiving all A marks wasn’t a criterion for being selected; the professor would rather pick students who had both A’s and F’s because it proved to him that such students could prioritize by concentrating on the subjects they were passionate about.
In order to prioritize know what is crucial and build a plan for the week and for each day.
Knowing how to start the morning guarantees the success for the rest of the day!
Adrienne Marielle Argueza
I think the keyword here is "develop" which means that it will be a process and that you'll have to be patient with yourself.
First, you should definitely get to know yourself, meaning write down your bad habits (i.e. procrastination, not keeping appointments, forgetting homework, sleeping in) and your needs (you're actual ones, not the superficial ones like "needing" a drink to do your homework). Maybe your need 8 hours of sleep to function or else you fall asleep in class, maybe you need to re-write your notes, maybe you need to be in a quiet environment.
After, you should think of possible solutions that you can commit to. Starting off small of course. So you procrastinate, but you "need" to write and see things to remember them, so even if you put your deadlines/appointments in notebook, you close your notebook and never open it up again. Get a calendar and put it somewhere visible. Write with different colors with designated meanings, and you'll start making it a habit of seeing a certain color as your passing by your calendar, that green means homework, red means a hard deadline, and black means free time. Or if you sleep-in and constantly press your "snooze" button but you "need" 8 hours of sleep to stay awake in class and no less, start setting an alarm for sleeping, that way you know when to call it quits for the day and go to bed and perhaps you'll begin to start homework earlier in the day. Eventually and hopefully, this will turn into a "good" habit! Just like remembering to eat breakfast or not smoking cigarettes when you're stressed.
But sometimes these solutions don't stick so you have to constantly keep an eye out on yourself and keep asking yourself, what are your bad habits and what are your needs because they do change with health, work-load, and social life. But really, it a constant (again) "process," mostly involving how you understand yourself and what the current conditions of your situation are.