Setting Goals And Vision Boards

Setting Goals And Vision Boards

The smart girl's way to stay on track throughout the semester.
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Every fall comes around and the beginning of the school year creeps up on us. Our “back to school” clothes and crisp new highlighters have us anticipating the beginning of the semester and a fresh start. With that comes the plan to stay organized and dedicated throughout the entire school year. So many times I have heard myself say “I will not procrastinate this year” or “This year I want to...”

Then, as we get deeper into the semester, life takes over and we lose track of that plan. Our lives become busy and messy; assignments may be forgotten about, our eyes become heavy with no sleep, our bloodstream basically becomes coffee and that fully stocked fridge turns into Ramen Noodle dinners.

It becomes too easy to lose track of that determination as we become overwhelmed and sleep deprived, as so many of us do. How can I be better at this? I asked myself.

Goal setting has become a perfect way for me to get excited about the upcoming year, stay on track and tackle things as they come my way.

The first step to this process is to be realistic about your goals. It is by far the most important aspect of keeping it together throughout the school year. Many of us tend to overwhelm ourselves with too many commitments, so it’s important to know your limits of what you can and cannot handle.

This is also why it is important to aim for goals in multiple areas of your life. For example, set academic goals, goals to finish a half marathon and to catch a beautiful picture of the sunset every Sunday night after your family dinner. Concentrating on one area too much can lead to exhaustion and even boredom.

Next, write down your goals. Start with weekly, move to monthly, then finish with yearly. Visuals are extremely helpful when trying to accomplish something new. There are many different ways to turn your aspirations into visual pieces, and there is something out there for everyone.

Goal setting worksheets are an easy way to simply write and keep track of your accomplishments. (Who even knew goal setting worksheets were a thing, right?)

A pretty planner is a must for me. I think many of us can relate when I say that I go weak at the knees for a good planner. Personally, I need a weekly, not daily, setup with large spaces to write in. Vera Bradley, Erin Condren and Spark Planner are a few of my go-to brands. Maybe you’re more of a tech lover. Use Google Calendar or Apple Calendar, and set reminders on your laptop or phone so you’ll never forget an assignment or commitment.

Inspiration boards are another great way to stay inspired to accomplish your goals. It’s actually fun to fill them with pictures, clips, quotes and basically anything that inspires you. The great thing about them is that they can change constantly. Once you accomplish something, take it down and pin something up that represents your new goal. It’s like as you evolve, so does your board. It’s also interesting to have a visual board that describes what your life is like at any given moment.

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

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To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.

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" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.

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3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.

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4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.

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5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.

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7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.

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8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.

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9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.

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10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.

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13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.

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14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.

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