With all of the responsibilities of being a modern day college student, college can easily become an aimless, stumbling string of days punctuated only by final exams and holiday breaks. For this reason, I sketched out a simple worksheet to help my students map out their short and long term professional and personal goals. To borrow from Dave Ramsey, you have to put it "on paper, on purpose" to keep your goals from bouncing around in your head endlessly.
Whether you want to raise your GPA by half a grade point this semester, lose 30 pounds, add a fifth to your range, or finally kick your procrastination habit to the curb for good, the best place to start is with a little time for quiet reflection on what is truly important to you, a pencil, and the worksheet linked above. You'll be glad you did - especially on those days when the bed is warm and the pull to the practice room, library, or gym seems weaker than usual.
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