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Setting SMART Goals

Hi everyone!

The BOLD Kick-Off and Social happened on Monday February 8th. We were so happy to see all the students who came out to learn more about who we are and what we have to offer! In addition to having a fun social where we got to learn more about each other, we also did a small primer on setting SMART goals, which we have summarized for you below.

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.

SPECIFIC: Be specific about what you aim to accomplish. The 5W’s can help here- who, what, where, when, and why.

MEASURABLE: How will you track your progress?

ACHIEVABLE: Is your goal attainable with the resources you have available to you?

RELEVANT: How does this goal relate to you?

TIMELY: When do you want to reach this goal? When is your target date?

Here’s an example:

Let’s say that your goal is to improve your grade in a class that you’re struggling in. This is a great goal to have, but it needs to get the SMART makeover.

First, we must make it specific: “I will finish with an 85% in my math class.”

Next, we must make it measurable: “I will finish with an 85% in my math class by allocating enough time to study for my tests, complete my assignments, and do my homework.”

The goal must also be achievable. For this specific example, you need to assess your past grades and upcoming assignments in order to make sure that it is possible to finish with the wanted grade. It might be useful to reassess what is achievable and adjust your goal as you go!

This goal must also be relevant to you. What is the reason behind this goal? This can motivate you to continue working towards your goal even when it gets tough.

Lastly, this goal must be timely. You need to be aware of the timeline for all of your assignments and when you will be receiving your final grade.

Here is the transformed goal!

“I will finish with an 85% in my math class by allocating enough time to study for my tests, complete my assignments, and do my homework. This goal is achievable because it is only halfway through the semester, and if I put the work in, I will be able to bring my grade up to an 85%. I have set this goal because I want to be an accountant, and my marks in math class are integral to my success. I will achieve this goal by setting a weekly schedule based on the syllabus of my math class. This way, I will be prepared for all of my tests and assignments before the deadline.”

SMART goals are essential for reaching your fullest potential because they provide a framework for outlining your goal and assessing your progress. They help ensure that your efforts are focused and that your time isn’t wasted!

We thank everyone who attended and hope to see everyone at our upcoming workshop on February 22nd at 6 pm where we will be discussing academic tips and tricks as well as life in post-secondary. You for sure don’t want to miss out, see you there!

The BOLD Team

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