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  • James Noblitt

How to Succeed

As school is around the corner we decided to create a blog that contains some tips towards productivity. Summer is a time for relaxation and taking it easy, but as August rolls around its time to refocus our energies and take advantage of the rest of the year.

Often we don’t want to take the time to plan or organize our goals and would rather just dive right in to the tasks. However, this small amount of time can make a big difference in accomplishing tasks. Taking a moment to organize your thoughts can create a clear path for this coming fall. Most important of all, it is important to write these goals down! Writing down goals helps you visualize what you are hoping to gain. This is even more helpful if it is placed in a location where you will see it everyday as this will encourage and remind you to take steps towards achieving it.

When it comes to goal setting, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. You should always create some long term (for example yearlong) and some short term (such as for the next week) goals. In order to make sure that these goals are attainable, it can help to follow the SMART goals criteria. As reported by MindTools, “Its criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker's Management by Objectives concept. The first known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. Since then, Professor Robert S. Rubin (Saint Louis University) wrote about SMART in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.” SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely. In order to get the most out of goal setting, be sure to apply these rules to setting them!

Be sure to be patient as a lot of goals will not be accomplished overnight. Give yourself time to accomplish your goals and be sure to do one small thing each day to be sure to stay on track.

Good luck on being productive! Be sure to comment any tips you have on achieving your goals.

Hope you stay productive!

The Vark Team

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