How to set good goals for 2017

How is it the end of December already? This year has flown by so quickly! With the end of 2016 being so near, most of us are already thinking about our “New Year’s resolutions” or our goals for 2017. How do you set good goals though? Are they realistic? What do you really want to achieve in the new year? Here are some tips on how you can set good goals that you’d be able to achieve!

1. Set SMART goals
One reason people struggle to reach their goals? Because the goals they set aren’t well worded. Don’t believe me? If my goal for 2017 is to “be healthier” when will I know if I reached this goals? At what specific moment can I say “ Oh, today I am healthier than last year.”. A goal like that isn’t specific enough, nor it is measurable. You’ll easily lose motivation when your goal implies that you’ll never reach it. Instead of saying “I want to work out more” you can set a goal to start running twice a week or be able to run for 30 minutes straight. Update your goals into SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

2. Know what you want
Do you want to focus on your university course this year? Don’t bother setting a million other goals that don’t have to do with this bigger goals. If you want to focus on getting your degree, it’s pointless setting 30 other goals that have to do with working out, eating healthier, being more social and writing your first album as a rapper. Focus on what you want. Of course you can have other goals for a year, but don’t overdo it.


3. Break them down
Instead of having one main, big goals for 2017, it might be better for you to break them down into smaller goals. The sense of achievement when completing a smaller goal that’s part of your big goal might motivate you to keep going. Motivation is hard to keep! Unexpected things always happen that mess with your plans, you start losing motivation and somehow you just kinda stop working on it. With smaller goals, you keep see the progress you’re making towards achieving your big goal. For example, if you want to focus on university this year, set goals to not miss any classes this month, to get good grades on your assignments and do keep your notes organized!

4. Write them down
The best motivator for me is to see my goals daily. Write them down somewhere where you can see them and be reminded of what you want to do. I’ve written my goals on a piece of paper that I keep on my desk, simply to be reminded of what I’m working towards when I feel down or feel like I’ve lost all motivation to do anything.

Let me know what your goals are this year @MyStudentStyle and let’s work hard to achieve those in the New Year!


Nele van Hout

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