3 easy steps to make goals actionable

3 easy steps to make goals actionable

Does your teen seems to always get stuck not knowing where to start, no matter what small or big goal they are trying to achieve?

Living spontaneously and in the moment is a great thing. But it’s not great if you end up spinning your wheels because you don’t even know where to start.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Teens have SO much going on!  So much earlier than we had to.  College prep, varsity sports, volunteer work/community service, the list goes on and on.  They will need to build some pretty solid planning skills and habits to get through all of it.

So what’s the key? Goals have to be actionable. That is the only way to make sure they will know what steps to take, and don’t waste valuable time spinning their wheels.

Time Management for Teens: Is your teen totally overscheduled?

Time Management for Teens:  Is your teen totally overscheduled?

Does your teen really have time for all those activities? Or, are they totally overscheduled? Or is it a combination of too much to do, but also way too much time lost to electronics and other distractions? Time management is a constant source of discussions in most homes as we try to teach our teens to take ownership of their own activities and accomplish everything they are trying to do.

I know my teens find it challenging to fit it all in. And as much as we all agree that having downtime is valuable to recharge, sometimes their free time is wasted in things that don’t make them feel rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle school and extracurricular activities.  Plus it’s critical for teens to also have downtime that they can count on to relax and recharge.

Not another school group project! 10 tips to make it better

Not another school group project! 10 tips to make it better

Does your teen come home complaining about yet another school group project? Most likely they’re worried that they’ll end up doing all the work, or it’s going to be chaos, or they’ll end up with a bad grade because someone didn’t contribute.

School group projects are meant to teach our kids how to work together with many other personalities and skill levels. This is a very useful skill to have for high school and college, and it prepares them for “the real world”. But year after year, school group projects end up being a huge cause of stress and worry for some kids.

How do you make a goal specific?

How do you make a goal specific?

We hear all the time that to improve our chances of reaching our goals, we should write it down.  We tell the same thing to our teens, as we encourage them to start thinking about the future.  But when you write down a goal, how do you know if your goal is specific enough to define what you really want to achieve?

Is any description of a goal good enough to keep you focused, stay motivated, and actually improve your chances of reaching your goals?  The first step is to make sure your goal is specific.

Meet Our New Teen SMART Goals App 🎯🏆

Meet Our New Teen SMART Goals App 🎯🏆

Teen SMART Goals is an easy to use app that helps teens reach their goals, every time!  Define your goals, create your own action plan, and track your daily progress easily.

Teen SMART Goals is all about empowering teens through a proven process. Through SMART Goals, teens become experts at setting, breaking down, and achieving goals. Our App aims to develop grit, a growth mindset, and avoid burnout. Teens will learn to get organized, track their own progress, find what’s missing, and quickly make appropriate corrections. By connecting goals to an inspirational image, rewards, and perspective into progress towards long-term goals, you help your teen stay motivated.

Can you help your teen end procrastination once and for all?

Can you help your teen end procrastination once and for all?

Always running late?  Homework doesn’t get done? Chores are regularly forgotten? Teen procrastination can create so much stress and anxiety for parents, as well as the kids doing it. They may think they’re good at working under pressure, but in reality they’re just piling on the stress that will lead to burnout. While some procrastination is completely normal, the teenage years are the perfect time to work on building new routines that will prepare them for the increasing challenges of high school, college and beyond.

Back to School Is a Great Time for Teens to Start a New Routine

Back to School Is a Great Time for Teens to Start a New Routine

Back to School can be a good thing and a bad thing… The beginning of the school year can be exciting: starting in a new school, challenging new classes, seeing school friends more often.  But it can also be chaotic, disorganized, and challenging. Shifting from summer to a rigorous school schedule can be a painful transition, for parents as well as teens. Early wake-ups, homework, school projects, after-school clubs and activities can fill up a day pretty quickly. This year our oldest is starting high school, which means we also have a totally new routine to get used to. So, it’s totally understandable that a few things will fall through the cracks as students and parents adjust to the new demands.

5 SMART Goals Examples for Teens

5 SMART Goals Examples for Teens

We talk a lot about SMART goals for teens on this website and on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages because we are big believers in everyone’s ability to improve their chances of success.  But, I also realize that learning how to define each goal as a SMART goal is not so easy if you haven’t had any practice doing that. The very first time I sat down with my own kids to turn their goals into SMART Goals, it took quite a few tries and discussions back and forth to walk them through the process that would give them a “stretch goal” that was also defined in enough detail that they could now work off of their activities list or action plan.  I even looked for examples of SMART goals for teens, and honestly I didn’t really find much to go on.

Having Trouble Keeping your Bored Teen off Electronics This Summer?

Having Trouble Keeping your Bored Teen off Electronics This Summer?

This summer is flying by! At least that’s what it feels like at our house.  It seems like the end of school only gave way to tired teens and tired parents.  We tried to give our kids time to recover, sleeping in, extra time with their friends, knowing that the first month they would still be pretty busy with tennis camps, dance competitions, chores, and family activities.  And now we’re halfway through the summer, and it seems that we’ve fallen into some bad habits of too much time in front of electronics, and maybe not enough motivation to get away from them.

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  1. Plan ahead
  2. Prioritize efficiently
  3. Master “single-tasking”
  4. Take breaks to improve efficiency
  5. Practice self-reflection

 

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