As of January 1st, I told myself I will give myself three months to complete my Master’s degree. With great organizational and time management skills, this past February month I have been working diligently on my thesis writing and PowerPoint slides for my final thesis presentation. I have been checking off items on my list and have been meeting my deadlines. Thankfully, my timeline is working out just fine and I look forward to finishing at the end of March.
In order to make SMART goal decisions, I had set small goals each week and stuck to them.
Here is how you can make SMART goal decisions:
Each week I had a specific section to work on for my thesis (Specific). I gave myself three days maximum to finish a section with writing and corrections (Measurable; Attainable). I would stay up late if needed to reach my personal deadlines(Results-Focused; Time-Focused). I won’t sugar coat it, but it was a struggle to reach deadlines and I was sleep deprived often. However, printing out the final copies and handing them to my faculty members on my committee was a rewarding feeling. I treated myself with a night off of studying and a large shopping spree.
Believe me, I bought some cute stuff for my trip to Europe! 🙂
Goal + Reward = Accomplishment