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

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?

Specific goal

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 🎯🏆

Teen SMART Goals New 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.

5 SMART Goals Examples for Teens

Disorganized goals

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?

Teen Outdoor Fun

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.

Teens Turn On the Magic With a Vision Board

vision board for teens

Teens are told all the time to find a passion, find their sense of purpose.  But that’s not so easy to do without some serious self-reflection.  Is your teen having trouble figuring out what makes them truly happy?  A vision board for teens could be the key to unleashing their dreams!

A vision board that shows them their dreams NOW, like going to a specific university, playing varsity sports, getting the lead in a school play, or publishing a website or podcast, can be a very powerful tool for self-motivation.

Executive Functioning: 5 simple steps every teen can do to build their planning skills

Teens Achieve Goals

Does your teen need help learning to organize and prioritize their work?  Executive functioning skills are the key!

It seems like every teenager has trouble planning their day around their homework, sports activities, or just plain getting things done. But, we are not born with organizational and planning skills! But with a little patience and practice kids of all ages can develop skills appropriate for their age. 
Creating an easy to follow system can play a big role in bringing your teen around to complete their work, while reducing the stress they feel from being overwhelmed. So they can get ready to get more done!

FREE EBOOK:  5 SIMPLE SKILLS TO MAXIMIZE TEEN PRODUCTIVITY

Claim your own copy of our eBook “5 Simple Skills to Maximize Teen Productivity”.  You can share these valuable ideas with your teen, and help guide them through simple steps to become a master planner!

This book will help you guide your teen to develop new habits that will make it easy to:

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

 

Download this guide NOW to prepare your teens to set SMART goals and get more done!

 

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