Service (serving others at home and outside the home, volunteering)
Fun (hobbies, leisure)
For each of the six areas, write down what you (a) did well (b) did not do so well.
14. Set process goals for the coming school year.
Now that you’ve reflected on the past year, you’re ready to set process goals for the coming year. Do this for each of the six areas listed under Point #13.
What are process goals?
They’re goals that are based on the process you plan to follow, not the result you plan to achieve.
By setting process goals, you’ll focus on what you can control (your actions), rather than on what is sometimes outside of your control (the outcome). This makes process goals far more effective than outcome-based goals.
These are examples of process goals you might set for the six areas mentioned under Point #13:
Physical health: Drink soda two times a week or fewer, and only on weekends
Personal growth: Read a non-fiction book for at least 10 minutes a day after getting home from school
Service: Volunteer at the nearby animal shelter for at least two hours every two weeks
Fun: Play the ukulele for 10 minutes a day
Don’t feel as if you need to implement all the process goals at once.
Focus on just one area at a time, and make gradual progress over the course of the year.
15. Write down at least five reasons why you’re thankful for school.
This will make you feel more positive about the new school year, even if you don’t feel excited about it at the moment.
Here are some reasons to be grateful:
Friends to hang out with
New skills to acquire
Exciting challenges to take on
Leadership opportunities to embrace
Caring teachers to learn from
The bottom line
Maybe you’re dreading the start of school. Or maybe you can’t wait for classes to start.
Whatever the case, the new school year holds plenty of promise.
The promise of new experiences.
The promise of new friends.
The promise of new skills and knowledge to master.
By doing the 15 things listed in this article, you’ll prepare yourself to make the most of the coming year. Don’t feel overwhelmed – just start with one or two things and pick up the momentum gradually.
As you do this, you’ll feel inspired and motivated.