How to set productive goals

Sian Hacketton 21 July 2021
How to set productive goals

Find out how to make this year a fruitful one with our guide to being productive.

The school year is finishing for a lot of students. While finally having a chance to relax guilt-free for a bit is great, it’s important to set some goals to prepare yourself for graduation or the next academic year.

Whether it’s a mountain of pre-reading or finding a job, it can sometimes be hard to cover your priorities when you want to be out and about enjoying the sun. With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide for sticking to your goals: 

1. Write down your goals

The first thing you should do is list all of the things you want to achieve this summer. Split these lists into academic and personal goals.

To help you decide which order to complete your goals in, use the Eisenhower Matrix. This involves making a 2x2 table of tasks with rows marked urgent and non-urgent and columns marked important and not important. Put the tasks from your master list into the table. Anything that falls into the important and urgent category, should be your top priority, e.g. paying a bill. Tasks that are important but not urgent, (e.g. completing your CV) can be tackled in smaller chunks by setting some time aside each week. Anything that falls into the unimportant and not urgent category should be left until last.

2. Create a schedule

Whether you use a paper diary or a phone calendar, scheduling can help you allocate time to get your to-do list done. It is a great way to hold yourself accountable because you know when you’re supposed to be working and when you’re allowed to relax. This will also help you maintain a routine so when September rolls around, you are still in good habits. Sticking to a good sleep schedule also helps you maintain a good routine and make you more productive.

3. Start a new hobby

What’s the one thing you’d do if you have more time? Well, whether it be crochet, swimming, or anything else, your summer break is the ideal time to get started. Make the most of the sunshine by picking something outdoorsy; the dose of vitamin D will leave you feeling healthy, while learning something new will empower and motivate you.

4. Take breaks

After all, these are still your holidays. If you’re balancing a job with your academic work over the summer, make sure to leave time for yourself. See your friends, enjoy the sunshine, and make sure you go back to school feeling refreshed. Why not have a look at our suggestions for summer parties and plan a get-together? Having an event to look forward to will motivate you to get things done on time.

Summer is just getting started, and it’s never too late to set good intentions for the rest of the holidays; follow these tips to enjoy a fun, productive summer!

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Sian Hacketton 21 July 2021