Writing effective goals is not as easy as it sounds. You need to consider what you want to accomplish, any obstacles that could prevent you from achieving your goal, and the resources available to you.
THE 5 STEP APPROACH TO WRITING EFFECTIVE GOALS:
Write down what you want to accomplish. This should be thought of as your tentative goal statement. The easiest way to begin your goal statement is with the words "I want to."
Write down any obstacles. Make a list of the difficulties you may encounter.
First consider your general resources. Who do you depend on for help when circumstances get tough? Your parents, friends, teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, and other significant adults are all resources. Next, consider each of the obstacles you listed. Think about how you might use your resources to overcome each obstacle. Write down specific resources you could use to achieve each goal.
Review and revise your tentative goal statement. Now that you have considered all possible difficulties and your resources, you are ready to write your final goal statement. In some cases, you may find that your tentative goal statement is fine the way it is.
Polish your goal statement. Check to be sure that your final statement is well written and takes into consideration the characteristics of SMART goals.