Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Set self-care goals

OK, so now that you know about self-care, let’s set SMART goals. SMART goals are a framework for setting clear, achievable objectives. SMART stands for:

Specific: The goal should be clear and specific, avoiding vagueness to provide focus.
Measurable: It should have criteria for measuring progress and success.
Achievable: The goal should be attainable, realistic, and not impossible to achieve.
Relevant: It needs to be relevant and important to you.
Time-Bound: The goal should have a clearly defined timeline, with a start and end date.

Here are some examples of smart goals.

“I will achieve a grade of B or higher in my Introduction to Psychology course by the end of the semester. To accomplish this, I will dedicate two hours to study this subject every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting from the first week of the semester. I will track my understanding and progress through weekly quizzes and seek help from my professor or a tutor if my quiz scores are consistently below 80%.” 

This goal is:

Specific: It targets a particular grade in a specific course.
Measurable: Progress is measured by quiz scores and the final grade.
Achievable: It sets a realistic grade target and a manageable study
Relevant: It aligns with academic success, a key objective for students.
Time-Bound: It has a clear deadline (end of the semester) and a
defined weekly study schedule.

“I will improve my health and fitness by exercising for 30 minutes, three times a week, at the campus gym. I’ll start next Monday and do it the entire semester. I will track my consistency and progress by adding the date to a specific note in my phone whenever I go. I’ll know that I’m getting stronger by being able to lift 10% heavier weights (compared to the start of the semester) by the semester’s end.”

This goal is:

Specific: It focuses on exercising at the campus gym for a set duration
and frequency.
Measurable: Progress is tracked by adding a phone note and specific
fitness milestones (lifting heavier weights).
Achievable: The routine is realistic and manageable within a student's
Relevant: It directly contributes to the student's physical health and
Time-Bound: It has a defined start date, weekly schedule, and an end
goal by the semester's end.