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Short, Medium and Long Term Goals

Author: Pencil Case  Date: 26 May 2020

Long Term Goals = Ultimate Objective

It is easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about our long term goals. The truth is, you can't do anything about long term goals. You can only do something about short term and sometimes medium term goals. If I have a long term goal of $10,000 in the bank I can't just put $10,000 in the bank. I can however, achieve a short term goal of putting $50 in the bank this week. Many short term goals of $50 in the bank add up to my medium term goal of $1,000 in the bank and many medium term goals of $1,000 will add up to my long term goal of $10,000.

Know your long term goals but focus, and act on your short term goals.

Short term goals - A short term goal is one that can be completed quickly. It could be a goal to be achieved in the next 5 minutes, next day or week. Several short term goals add together to achieve a medium term goal. An example of a short term goal is to go for a run today or to read a page of my biology book.

Medium term goals - A medium term goal is one that takes a bit longer. It could be a goal to be achieved in the next 2 weeks, a month or perhaps 6 months. A medium term goal might be to run 10km. The only way to run 10km is to achieve several short term goals of running a shorter distance. A medium term study goal might be to be able to explain the steps in mitosis.

Long term goals - A long term goal is one that takes quite a bit longer. It could be a goal to be achieved in the next 6 months, a year or perhaps 5, 10 or 20 years. A long term goal might be to run a marathon. The only way to run a marathon is to achieve several medium term goals such as running 10km, 15km, a half marathon, 30km and finally a full marathon. A long term study goal might be to gain TAFE or university entry or to achieve a degree or diploma.

Examples of S.M.A.R.T. Short, Medium and Long Term Goals

Activity

Write down a long term goal e.g. gain university entry.

Write down all the medium term goals you need to achieve before you can achieve that long term goal e.g. get 70% for the semester 1 biology exam, get 70% for the semester 2 biology exam, get 70% for the VCE/ATAR etc. biology exam.

For each medium term goal write down all the short term goals you can think of to achieve that medium term goal e.g. Read chapter 7 of my biology book, understand meiosis etc.

Commit to achieving your short term goals in a long term effort towards your long term goals.


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