How can I help my teen set goals and stay on track?

Parents support teen goals

Whether teens realize it or not, they set goals every single day. From going to the movies with their friends, to planning a school project, to getting in some extra workouts to try out for the varsity team.  The question is, do they know they’re doing this, and do they know how to do it in a way that actually helps them achieve their goal.  So, you might be thinking, how can I help my teen set goals effectively, and help them improve their chances of success?

As adults, we understand that goal setting is an important life skill that can make your days productive and build your confidence as you make progress towards your goals.  We hear stories all the time about successful people, and how they regularly set goals.  And we would love it if our own kids would “get it” and see how important it is to set goals effectively.

What is a measurable goal?

Making progress with measurable goals

Has your teen ever had a big science project or paper to submit at school, assigned at the beginning of the semester and they somehow forget to work on it at all until one or two days before it was due? How did that go?  A little crazed, rushed, and probably with not great results, am I right?

How could that been different?  Well, one way to make sure that your teen to make progress towards an end goal in a way that is more efficient, is to make it measurable.

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.

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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

 

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