Top 5 Tips On Second Semester Goal Setting

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By BookRenter Andy

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The beginning of second semester is a big landmark. It’s a time to wipe away the filth and grime of first semester, set new goals, amend your terrible ways, and get ready for the arrival of spring.

Tips on Goal Setting

1. Be Specific - General goals are harder to achieve, it is better to narrow the scope and create specific goals. For example:  I want to loose 10lbs, verse I want to get healthy.

2. Achievable – Make sure as you choose a goal, that it’s something you can achieve.  That doesn’t mean it has to be easy, but you don’t want to set yourself up for failure either.

3. Make a Plan - Ask yourself, ” how am I going to achieve my goal?” It can be helpful to write down your goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve it.

4. Give Yourself a Deadline - Nothing like a due date to keep you on track.

5. Reward Yourself - There is nothing like self satisfaction, but you should also remember to reward yourself for your hard work. Treat yourself to something special, whatever that may be.

Senior year my friend Alex started off second semester by putting sheets on his bed and doing laundry for the first time. Two great achievements, and ones that didn’t go unnoticed by his friends, roommates, and the occasional coed guest.

How will you start off the second semester?

Need more ideas? Check out:

“Goal setting should be easy. It should integrate into your life with minimal effort. The strongest goal setters are the ones that make goal setting a priority 365 days a year. Read more >>” lululemon.com

Goal Setting Activities for College Students LiveStrong.com

46 Responses to Top 5 Tips On Second Semester Goal Setting

  1. This may be the second semester but it is my first semester… ever. LOL!

  2. Marylynn Hayes says:

    Everyone deserves something nice, like a custom beer pong table!

  3. Textbook Professor says:

    Goal setting is huge and is much needed when in college great tips!

  4. Shannon Shumaker says:

    Goals are the best… without goals I would never have anything to strive for!

  5. Nikita Nik says:

    All are great tips!

  6. misty hiatt says:

    wow this week is great for coffee and books

  7. Robin says:

    Great tips

  8. Shannon M. says:

    great tips!

  9. Loremil says:

    Found out one way or the other- in college you have more freedom but also more responsibility. High school you can slide by and not study but college you gotta hit the books, unless your just plain lucky to pass every test and not study.

  10. Teresa F says:

    Make your goals now. Don’t wait. I wish I would of and now its to late.

  11. Ellen B says:

    Goals are important.

  12. Suzanne Moyer says:

    I always try to set goals for myself. I need to be organized so I know exactly what I have to do. This way I don’t feel overwhelmed and out of control.

  13. Betty L says:

    Hopefully, w/less stress.

  14. Jennifer says:

    You always have great tips and ideas for students! Also, Happy Birthday Colin! ;0)

  15. Amie B says:

    I like the way you think!!!!

  16. Liz Dowling says:

    More invigorated!

  17. Faith B says:

    great advice!

  18. michele malone says:

    great tips. thank you.

  19. kathy says:

    I plan out when things are due, and how long I need for each part of the process. Ex: if I get an assignment today, and the paper is due Feb 28, I’ll block off 1 week to do research, 1 week to do a rough draft, 1 week to do additional research (if needed) and rewrites, and then I have 1 week to type up the final draft. No cramming, no rushing, and I can get everything I need in a sufficient amount of time.

  20. Barb says:

    Specific and achievable goals are always good.

  21. Megan L says:

    To try to study more this time.

  22. Joan says:

    Goals are important, but a nice cup of coffee to start the day is equally important! :)

  23. Betty D says:

    Good tips.

  24. Megan L says:

    BTW, good tips.

  25. Tina M says:

    Good tips. I’m in college, homework and group projects just drive me crazy..

  26. Liz Dowling says:

    good tips too.

  27. Betty L says:

    Great tips by the way!

  28. Brandon L says:

    Thanks for the good tips

  29. Colleen says:

    Prioritization and goals are most important, without them, we would be doing the least important things first and the most important things last, and with no payoff of reaching the goal at the end.

  30. Melissa M says:

    Great blog- I use goal setting often!

  31. Bonnie Sue says:

    Goals, I set one each day. Smile and be nice to those that are not nice. This requires a drink at the end of the day.

  32. karen ferguson says:

    homework first…play later!

  33. Renee J. says:

    Thank you for all these great tips! I couldn’t agree more about being specific when it comes to setting your goals. That is the key in the right direction!

  34. Sammie says:

    I set goals at the begining of each school year kinda like how i do new years resolutions. I’m a firm believer that 50 goals at once will overwhelm and will never work. I break down my goals so they build on top of one another and gain strength (i.e. New Year’s Resolution: 1st 3 months (January-March) Kick my smoking habit (already completed and still going strong!) 2nd 3 months (April-June) Walk 30 minutes at least 4 days a week and work up to a quick jog. Quitting smoking will help me with that. 3rd 3 months (July-September) Join a gym …etc. etc.) It’s the same with school work for me. Set up goals by consciously breaking them down into quarters/semesters and by class. I find it’s a much easier way to break old habits and to build and retain new strong good habits!

  35. Dina M says:

    Great tips, reward yourself is my favortie ;)

  36. lisa goff says:

    All great tips! I afree with the goal setting, it’s one of the most important things you can do and something you will use through out life! What a nice topic!

  37. delena McGuire says:

    I think #1 is one of the most important. So many goals fall by the wayside because they aren’t specific enough.

  38. Krystal M says:

    Lists, deadlines and goals all really help stay on track and stop procrastination. Great advice.

  39. carissa says:

    check, check, check and check..now it’s time for a reward haha ;)

  40. saminder gumer says:

    to start of the second semester it is always good to get yourself familiar with your schedule for school as well as your schedule for not school/class related activities. if you can effectively manage your time then you will be fine. i know things just pop up, but if you have good time management and organization skills you will be able to cope with most of the surprises that pop up.

  41. Cindy Moore says:

    Join a study group

  42. Dawn says:

    I really enjoyed reading this because I could relate to it. Thanks Andy! I’m one that lives by setting goals and I always make sure they are realistic too. I also put them in order of importance. By doing this, I have learned that I stay more focused on what my true needs and wants are too.

  43. Deborah Kubala says:

    Great tips, but really keeping goals simple and doable work the best. They help build self confidence when you do achieve them and continue to help you throughout your lifetime.

  44. Jordan Payne says:

    Good tips… Maybe I should start following them instead of just admiring them?

  45. Helen says:

    Read, read, read

  46. Amber says:

    Good tips