SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable (and Action-oriented), Relevant (and Realistic), and Time-bound. See the tips below for setting SMART goals.
Break your goal into smaller tasks
Smaller steps make progress toward your goal more manageable. Completing smaller steps gives you a sense of accomplishment as you move closer to your goal. Be sure to set deadlines for each of the smaller tasks.
Make goals with others (friends, classmates, family members)
If other people know about your goals or share the same goals, you create accountability for yourself. Ask their opinions and listen to their feedback.
Anticipate possible challenges
Set backs will happen. For each of your goals, try to anticipate some of the challenges you may face. Generate a list of resources that might help you overcome these challenges.
Visualize your achievement
What will completing your goal feel like? Visualizing your accomplishments can help motivate you to make progress toward your goal.
Having an incentive can be a fun way to motivate you to work hard to achieve your goal.
Manage your time
Use time management tools to help you organize your tasks, set aside time to work towards your goal, and track your progress.