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By Aditi Raju
In many instances, this is due to these goals being inappropriate. They may be based on society’s perception of what you need to change about yourself, or they may just simply be too ambiguous! Whatever the reason, most New Year’s resolutions don’t exactly tend to stick around until the next year.
However, this year, it’s time to spice things up and start setting relevant resolutions. To do this, you must use one of IB’s favourite acronyms: SMART.
To begin with, your goal must be specific. Instead of vaguely wishing for ‘better grades’ or ‘getting fitter’, learn to be extremely clear. Taking an example of a goal wishing for better grades, set the percentage/grade boundary that you would like to cross!
Additionally, the goal must be measurable as well. Always track your progress and ensure that development is ever-present. To do so, maintaining a journal or an action plan are the most effective methods.
For your resolution to be fulfilled, it must be achievable as well. Although this certainly doesn’t restrict you from setting big goals, you must ensure that they are realistic. Relevance is also a huge factor: the goal must be something that matters for you. Heat of the moment resolutions do not last long - however, goals that are set after some contemplation regarding the changes that you would like to make in your life certainly do.
Lastly, the goal must be time-bound. A realistic timeline must be present in which you can achieve your goal. Preferably, multiple time-bound sub-goals are present within this process as well.
Setting resolutions is simple - achieving them is not. It’s a long and tiring journey that can make you instantly want to give up. But, it’s time for us to overcome the rollercoaster that was 2020 and establish relevant New Year’s resolutions. Remember, a SMART goal leads to a smart you!
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