|Goal Setting||Short vs Long Term Goals - Worksheet|
When setting goals, you want to set both short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal is a goal that is designed to be completed in a short period of time. Typically, short-term goals span a few days or a few weeks and never last longer than six months. Long-term goals span longer periods of time and can take six months or longer to complete.
Why is it important to have a mix of both short-term and long-term goals? As you set and reach short-term goals, you will be more motivated to reach your long-term goals. When you set long-term goals, you have something to motivate you and give you a sense of purpose.
Some examples of short-term goals include:
What are some examples of short-term goals you have set before?
If you have not set a short-term goal before, come up with a short-term goal you could start working towards today.
Examples of long-term goals include:
What are some examples of long-term goals you have set before and/or are currently working towards?
If you are not currently working towards any long-term goals, come up with one long-term goal you could start working towards.
Sometimes you have to set short-term goals to help reaching your long-term goals more manageable. These are called enabling goals because they enable you to reach your long-term goal. For example, if your long-term goal is to get a new computer, some of your enabling goals may be:
If your long-term goal is to get into an Ivy League school, your enabling goals may be:
Think about a long-term goal of your own. Write at least three enabling goals to help you meet that goal:
Once you have set your short-term and long-term goals, the next step is to start working toward meeting those goals.