(N.B. There is a template for this activity at the bottom of the page)
|Academic goals||Time||Finance goals||Time||Career goals||Time||Personal goals||Time|
Devise a way to measure the outcome (e.g. you intend to get over 60% for each assignment in this course)
Taking care of your personal well-being is the most important.
Remember to include things related to taking care of yourself, such as sport and nutrition, in your calendar.
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Give some thought to what might get in the way of you achieving your goals.
Are there any skills that you need to develop that would help you? If so, how will you go about developing these skills? Should you add this development to your goals?
Are there any habits that you have that could get in the way of your future success? What could you do to break any habit that is not helping you?
Procrastination can be a major barrier to achieving your goals.
Procrastination is when we delay or put off something we know is to our benefit.
The key is to stop making excuses and do something.
Adapted from: Eales, A. (2020) Supporting students to develop transition skills during times of uncertainty. Available at: https://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/ethemes/student-transitions/establishing-and-achieving-my-goals-vision-board.docx (Accessed: 12 May 2020).
This sway introduces you to some strategies to overcome procrastination
|Take Action||Do something - it may create the mood and momentum to continue.|
|Visualise it||In your mind, visualise completing the task and feeling pleased with yourself.|
|Break the task down||Break a task or goal down into chunks, getting down to smallest unit. This can stop it seeming so big.|
|Five minutes||Spend just 5 minutes on a task - once started you just might keep going!|
|Worst first||Do the hard or boring bit first. Then the rest is much easier to do. Do the hard bits when you are at your best mentally i.e. in the morning if you're a morning person.|
|Keep motivated||Keep yourself motivated - write down your personal goals and post them where you can see them on a regular basis.|
|Get support||Get help from other people, friends, support services|
|Organise yourself||Get all the items you need to complete a task and keep them close. Make sure your study space limits distractions|
|Avoid negative thinking||Stop thinking you’re not good enough or that everyone else is doing a better job. Believe in yourself.|
|Mistakes||Don’t worry about making mistakes - you only find out what works by trying things.|
|Rewards||Use rewards – do something you enjoy after doing a task you’ve been putting off. Also reward yourself at milestones along the way.|
|Reminders||Make your tasks visible – set up reminders, signs, lists, notes all around you.|
|Make commitments||People often say they work better under pressure, so create pressure. Tell people you plan to get something done, and then they'll ask if you got it done.|
|Slow down!||Slow down the decision-making process. Consider the importance of the task and the consequences of delay. Working last minute may mean your work is less accurate, damage relationships, and put yourself under stress.|
Adapted from: Trinity College, Dublin (2010) Procrastination. Available at: https://student-learning.tcd.ie/learning-resources/self-management/procrastination/ (Accessed: 21 May 2020).