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Smarter Goals

Smarter Goals

Make an effort, set goals

A wise man once said – “If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.” In other words, wishes are nice, but they will not make things happen. Effort on the other hand will.

Effort, when combined with setting goals, allows us to reach our full potential. However, there are a number of important points to consider when setting goals whether they are short, medium and/or long term. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T.E.R – let me explain;

  • S – SPECIFIC:
    • What do I want to achieve? Is anyone else involved? What challenges will I face?
  • M – MEASUREABLE:
    • Do I have a timeline? When do I want to achieve this goal? How will I know?
  • A – ACHIEVEABLE:
    • Is this goal a realistic one?
  • R – RELEVANT :
    • Is my goal worthwhile? What is the reason behind your goals?
  • T – TIME FRAME:
    • What can I achieve in a week, a month or a year?
  • E – EVALUATED:
    • Check these each week, month or yearly. This helps maintain focus.
  • R – REVIEWED:
    • If something is not working, READJUST.

Some examples of short-term goals could be;

  1. Terminate screen time by 9pm each night for 2 weeks
  2. Read for 30 minutes each day for a month
  3. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to make a real breakfast every workday for 2 weeks
  4. Drink only water every Wednesday for 1 month
  5. Make a meal for someone in the next week

Some examples of long-term goals could be;

  1. Start saving 25% of your pay to put towards your first car
  2. Finish Year 12
  3. Travel overseas – eventually (Stockton does not count)
  4. Go to University
  5. Write and publish a children’s book or short story


Mitch Allan, Year 9 Coordinator, Wellbeing