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This article appeared in the Dec. 17, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.
Have you ever thought about the wide-ranging impact goal-setting can have on your life?
Pursuing goals can help you track financial progress, motivate you to earn your college degree or even help you lose weight.
Setting goals can also positively affect your mental health and well-being.
Setting goals can help you grow as a person, boost your self-esteem and improve your overall satisfaction in life. As a student dealing with the pressures of college, you may find more success in setting your self-care plan into action if you decide to work toward specific goals. Setting goals helps overcome procrastination, which can help decrease anxiety and stress.
Wondering where to start when it comes to defining your goals? Look no further than the SMART approach:
Specific: Set a clear objective that's well defined.
Measurable: Establish criteria for measuring progress.
Achievable: Is your goal reachable yet still challenging?
Relevant: Your goal should be beneficial to you.
Time-based: Deadlines can keep you motivated.
The SMART approach helps make sure you're putting your self-care plan into action.
What are you planning to accomplish?
How will you know when the goal has been accomplished?
How can the goal be attained?
How does this goal benefit or help you?
When do you want the goal accomplished?
If you're reading this on your phone, don't worry — you can still manage your own goal tracking on a piece of paper or by creating a list on your phone.
It's important to know your limits. Don't ignore your mental health and well-being!
The colleges of DCCCD have dedicated professional counselors who are always ready to lend a helping hand. Don't know where to go on campus for counseling? Find your college's Counseling Center contact information on our website. Our friendly team is always just an office visit, email or phone call away. We're here for you, and we're always ready to listen.
If you feel the need to speak to someone outside the district, please explore the many community mental health resources available in our area:
Sharing is caring. If you see something that could be helpful to someone in need, let them know. Even if you're not dealing with a specific mental health issue, chances are someone you know is.