How to Write Personal Goals

Learning how to write personal goals will help you figure out what you want to do with your life and what you want to achieve. If you don't know where to begin, the following information can be used as a guideline to get you started on your path to not only setting personal goals, but achieving them as well.

1.Consider lifetime (long-term) goals you want to set. Goals should be achievable, yet challenging.
  • Ask yourself what you want to do professionally. What do you want to attain from your profession?
  • How much money do you want to earn, save and spend?
  • Do you want to go to college? If so, what do you want to earn a degree in, and from what school? If you need to finish a degree, what is holding you back from finishing it?
  • Do you want to get married? If so, by what age do you want to marry? Do you want children and if so, when do you think you want to begin a family?
  • What plans do you want to make for staying healthy? What hobbies and fun activities interest you and would you like to improve your skills in?

2.Create a plan of smaller (short-term) goals that you can achieve within a certain time. For example, think about things that you want to do in the next five years.
  • Break down these goals into even smaller frames, such as 1 year and 1 month.
  • These goals can include doing research or preparing yourself for your long-term goals, such as looking into colleges, speaking to a financial advisor about saving money or job hunting in your field of interest for your career.
  • The smaller goals that you set for yourself will ultimately help you in achieving your lifetime goals.

3.Make a daily "To Do" list. This small list can be a positive reminder for you to prioritize your goals, and helps you stay focused on the larger goals you are working at achieving.
  • To complete your "to do" list, write down all the activities that you need to do. Prioritize the activities based on their importance, one being the most important and the last activity number being the least important.
  • The tasks on your list can then be completed based on their number of importance, scratching off one by one as the tasks are done.

  • You can extend or shorten goal deadlines if you feel you might not make a goal. However, if it's taking too long or not taking enough time to complete a goal, consider reevaluating the goal you set; it might be too difficult to achieve at the time, or too easy.
  • Writing personal goals can be a rewarding experience, but so can achieving your goals. Once you achieve a goal, reward yourself! Nothing provides more motivation for you to move on to the next goal on your list.

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Punk Chopsticks said...

Oh wow this was really what I needed. Just finished my SPM (or at least I WILL SOON) heh. your timing is impeccable. Thanks so much for sharing this!

love your blog!

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