It’s essential to have a clear vision of what’s important to you and the direction you’re headed, particularly when engaged in online learning. A lack of clear goals can result in procrastination, poor concentration and lack of motivation. Goals will help keep you focused.
- Reflect on your past and current successes and name your strengths: find motivation in the things you know you do well and what you look forward to.
- Write out your goals for the semester and then break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. The SMART Goal Worksheet below offers a good model for these steps.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes and attempt the first step on your list. Don’t censor yourself or hold back; give yourself permission to experiment without self-criticism. After the timer goes off, you might have the momentum you need to move forward or a sense of the questions your need to ask. Take a break if you need to, but try to buildup your capacity to do work.
- If you are still getting stuck, try listening to music or engaging in physical activity right before you attempt the first step on your list.
- SMART Goals Worksheet (PDF)
- Motivation and Procrastination (PDF)
- Time Management & Organization (PDF)
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