STUDY SKILLS TIP #73 – ACHIEVING GOALS

by psalter on February 1, 2016

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a goal setting mindset as the attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting.

Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.

To create a more positive attitude:

  • Each day note down something you did towards achieving your goals.
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. your teacher says well done on your work.
  • Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, rather reassess your goals or decide you need to work harder to achieve them.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage you to achieve your goals, possibly someone who is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead of you.

Other reasons why we don’t achieve our goals:

  • No action plan.
  • No true commitment to the goal.
  • Not rewarding yourself along the way.
  • Trying to focus on too many goals.
  • Not preparing yourself for success.
  • Fear of failure.

If you are still not achieving your goal try this:

  • Clarify your goal.
  • Write a list of actions.
  • Analyze, prioritize and prune.
  • Organise your list into a plan.
  • Monitor the execution of your plan and review your plan regularly

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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The start of the year is a great time to set yourself some academic goals along with any personal goals you might plan to achieve this year.

There are lots of great reasons to set goals:

• Setting goals gets you to think about possibilities.
• Goals give you a direction to work towards.
• Goals give you a clear picture of where you want to go.
• Goals help you to push yourself just that little bit more.
• Goals help you have a more fun and fulfilled life.
• Goals can give you motivation and focus.
• Setting goals helps you do all the things you want to do in life!
• Goals give us the motivation to do things that are difficult and challenging in order to reach a particular desired state.
• Goals help us achieve our dreams, hopes and desires.
• Goals help us look for an achievable balance between the different areas of our life.
• Goals make us feel good about ourselves and our achievements and help us to increase our self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
• Goals give us a greater feeling of control over our lives and experiences.
• Goals allow us to prioritise and create action plans.

There are different types of goals you can set based on the timeframe in which you want to achieve these goals:

Short-term goals: are things you want to do today, tomorrow or within the next few weeks and sometimes months.
Medium-term goals: are things you want to achieve in the next few months or sometime even within the next year.
Long-term goals: are things you want to do later on in life, whether it is next year, two years’ time, ten years’ time or even longer.

You may decide to set a mix of these types of goals. To give yourself the best chance of achieving your goals, it is a good idea to make sure your goals are SMARTIES – so keep in mind these guidelines for setting effective goals:

Specific: Make goals very detailed and specific. Exactly what do you want to achieve?
Measurable: You want to be able to know when you have achieved your goal so make sure there is some way to measure your success.
Action-Oriented: Your short-term goals should really be the action steps you need to take to achieve the medium and longer term goals.
Relevant & Realistic: Goals change, so if your goal is no longer relevant, you need to change it.
Time-Based: Your goals need to have a ‘to complete by’ date to give you something to aim for.
Interesting: Make your goals about things that you find interesting and worthwhile.
Emotional: Use powerful language to express the emotion behind the goals.
Success oriented: Express your goals in a positive and success focused way.

And….
– Only use POSITIVE language in goals.
– Use PASSIONATE, enthusiastic and motivating language.
– Write your goal in the PRESENT tense.

Review your goals regularly to remind yourself of what you want to achieve and to stimulate your mind to think of other possibilities. Start taking specific actions that will help you achieve your goals, in particular your short-term goals. Putting together an action plan of the steps to achieve the goal and allocating timeframes for each action is a good place to start.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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7 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Can be Helpful to Students

Want to try something new over the school holidays? Why not give meditation a go? There are lots of great Apps out there, for example ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Headspace’, ‘Relax’ and ‘Positivity’. These will guide you through simple meditation and mindfulness exercises. You could even try the new mindfulness colouring-in books for adults that are all the rage. But what is it all about and why should you try it?

What is Mindfulness?

Headspace (www.headspace.com) defines mindfulness as “the intention to be present in the here and now, fully engaged in whatever is happening, free from distraction or judgement, with a soft and open mind”. 

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a way of transforming the mind, making it calm and silent.  According to the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association meditation is a discipline that involves turning the mind and attention inward and focusing on a single thought, image, object or feeling.

How does meditation and practicing mindfulness help you with your schoolwork?

  1. Reduces anxiety and risk of depression.
  2. Increases resilience.
  3. Improves ability to learn and recall information.
  4. Improves concentration.
  5. Improves creativity.
  6. Helps manage exam stress.
  7. Leads to better sleep.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to achieve your personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is an abbreviated version of the tip emailed to the main contact teachers for www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #64 – IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE

May 1, 2015

When students start secondary school, they are usually very positive and optimistic about school. Then things can start to get harder, a bit more challenging, maybe they get a bad mark and become discouraged, or maybe their friends start to influence their attitude. Some students are able to overcome these challenges, while others let it […]

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