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What other types of media do you consume? YouTube channels, television, or Netflix?

ABOUT ME Before you dive into writing and planning for your personal, S.M.A.R.T.E.R. to do the most. Find a comfortable, favorite place and spend some time getting to know you. What are you passionate about? What activities make you feel really excited? What makes you feel at peace? Answering those kind of questions will help you set great goals. Pretend your family is hosting an exchange student for a school year and

What are your five favorite books?

you’re meeting this new friend for the first time. How would you introduce yourself? What important things would this person need to know about you? In the spaces below, write out your introduction and share some key details he or she would need to know before moving to your house.

Hello, my name is

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And finally, what are your five favorite songs?

Okay, great! Now let’s dive into some questions about your most favorite things.

My Favorite Subjects are:

Now look back over your list and think about what your favorite things have in

Favorite Things

common. Do you notice any trends or similarities?

Write about them here: List your five favorite movies: Look at your notes above and circle the words that stand out to you as your most favorite things. 2

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goals, it’s great to take some time to think about who you are and what you love


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Would You Rather?

Look Back

Have you ever played Would You Rather with your friends? Sometimes the game

Now spend some time thinking about the last few weeks of your life and answer

consists of silly questions like, “Would you rather kiss a frog or lick the side-

the following questions:

walk?” No frog kissing here. These questions will help you think about your personal preferences and how you like to spend your time. The older you get, the more power you will have to make your own choices about your time. And time is your most precious asset. Learning how to spend it well now—on things and people you love the most—will be a gift to you as you grow up. Circle your choice below. Would you rather:

• Read a book or play a sport?

• Stay inside or go for a walk?

• Cook dinner for your family or paint a picture?

• Play video games or board games?

• Work with animals or play an instrument?

• Sing in front of a crowd or help backstage?

• Plant a garden or mow the lawn?

• Have summer year round or winter?

• Do a science experiment or bake something delicious?

• Visit with the elderly or play with babies and toddlers?

When did you feel the most at peace? What were you doing? And who were you with? When did you feel the most happy? What were you doing? And who were you with?

When I Grow up, If I Could Do Anything . . . I Would:

When did you feel the most excited? What were you doing? And who were you with?

Habits Think for a minute about your habits, both good and bad. Some good habits might be how you help your parents with the dishes after dinner or how you read a little bit before bed each night and get plenty of sleep. Bad habits could be things like not putting your belongings away properly and having a messy room and locker, or snacking on too much junk food throughout the day. Our habits

• Research for many years and cure a disease. YES or NO

have a big impact on how we spend our time and how we spend our lives. A life

• Practice for many years and become a professional athlete. YES or NO

filled with good habits can mean more energy and more time for things we love

• Train for many years and become a famous singer or actor. YES or NO

doing the most.

• Perfect my craft for many years and become an artist. YES or NO

• None of the above. My something else would be:

What are some of your best habits? Write them here: 1. 2. 3.

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What habits could you change or start that will help you do these things?

be turned to good habits? 1. 2. 3.

Talk About It

Wrap It Up

Great job! You’ve done excellent work to think about the things that matter the

Now that you’ve had some time to think about who you are, what you love, how you want to spend your time, and what areas of your life you could improve, it’s time to start making some fun lists:

most to you. Now you are ready to begin writing your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals and making a plan to achieve them. This is a good time to sit down with your parents and talk about what you’ve written about yourself and discuss how you can intentionally incorporate these things into your upcoming goals. Prioritizing our

Who would you like to spend more time with in the next year?

time and activities around the things that matter the most in life is a valuable life skill that will serve you as you grow.

What activities do you want to spend more time doing in the next year?

What You’ll Need to Use This Book

• a pencil, colored pencils, or pens

• a big imagination

• willingness to try new things

What new skills would you like to learn or what existing skills would you like

• courage to push yourself

to improve?

• excitement to have fun and get things done

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Now think about your not-so-great habits. Do you have any bad habits that could


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The goal of this planner is to help you set and accomplish fun goals and

• Achieve goals that are important to you

• Learn how to manage your schedule

• Spend more time on things you love the most, and

• Grow up knowing how to live on purpose

: the aim, or intended result, of activity : a desire achieved by design

Let’s dive into setting the right goals for you! Here are some important keys to

: a good way to make great things happen

keep in mind:

Have you ever set a goal for yourself? A goal is an intention to achieve

Writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them.

something specific. Big goals are Olympic gold medals or Nobel Prizes, but

Simply writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them. That’s

small goals can be just as important to the quality and happiness of your

easy! Writing down your goals:

life—going to bed on time and getting enough sleep, spending time with

• Helps you think clearly about what you want to do

your family, making the basketball team, or completing your science fair

• Inspires you you to get started

project on time.

• Gets you excited to stick with them

• Allows you to see—and celebrate!—your progress

When people set goals and accomplish them, it makes them feel good inside. Making progress on a goal gives us joy. Completing a goal offers satisfaction, and it builds confidence. When people don’t accomplish their goals, it can make them feel badly about themselves—or worse—it can keep

Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals.

them from setting new goals.

To get the most out of your written goals, it’s important that each goal is

Here’s a secret. Sometimes people don’t complete their goals simply because they did not make a plan to accomplish them, and they aren’t paying close enough attention. But when you set goals, make a plan, and then accomplish the goal, it makes you feel great! Can you think of a time you set and achieved a goal? Setting regular goals and making plans to accomplish them helps people make the most of their time, and it helps them prioritize the things that are most important to them. Prioritizing means doing the most important things first. Sometimes the most important things are tasks others have giv-

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Here’s what that means:

S Specific

M Measurable

A Actionable

R Risky

T Time-keyed

E Exciting

R Relevant

en you, like getting your homework done. And sometimes they are things we

SPECIFIC: Setting a specific goal helps you narrow your focus on it. Goals that

choose—it might be more important to you to play baseball with your friends

are too vague are things like, “become a better baseball player,” or “learn to play

than to play video games. This ability to prioritize allows people to spend

the piano.” Specific goals are “Earn the short-stop position on my Little League

more time having fun doing exciting things they enjoy while still completing

team” or with your parents’ permission, “Start taking piano lessons and practice

all their responsibilities. This is called living on purpose!

30 minutes a day.”

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HOW TO WRITE GREAT GOALS


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want to do the habit. That’s important because a specific time makes it easier

if you want to progress to a green belt in karate, you can figure out approximate-

to become consistent. And finally, work on your streak target—that’s how many

ly how many classes and how much time it will take you to earn your green belt.

times in a row you must do the habit before you can consider it second nature.

And if you are starting as a white belt, you can celebrate the achievement of your

yellow belt along the way. If you have an academic goal to raise your C in science

EXCITING : This is the best part! You have the power to choose what your

class to an A, make sure you enjoy the milestone of making a B!

goals are, and it’s important that they are exciting to you. If you set goals for things you are passionate about and love doing, it will motivate you to push to

ACTIONABLE: One way to help you remember how to make your goals action-

keep going when things get tough. The trick is to set goals that are not only

able is to think of action verbs. Instead of writing, “be healthier,” write some-

personally important—that will improve you in some way—but also personally

thing like, “play and exercise outside for 30 minutes a day.”

inspiring.

RISKY: Setting risky goals means stepping out of your comfort zones and chal-

RELEVANT: Effective goals are relevant to your life. If you’re going to succeed,

lenging yourself in appropriate ways. If you set a goal that’s too easy, what’s the

we need goals that fit with the demands and needs of our lives and families. If you

point? A goal should help you improve in an area of your life (a better science

want to take a class an hour away, that may or may not be realistic for your sched-

grade), learn a new skill (start taking dance or music lessons), or overcome some

ule. If you want to pursue sports and music, but the practice times conflict, you will

type of challenge (saving money for a new bike or getting over your fear of

have to choose one. You also need goals that align with your values. It’s good to

speaking in front of others). When you complete a goal, it means you stepped

get the counsel of wise friends and family, but it’s important to not let all outside

out of your Comfort Zone, and you did something awesome to make your life

pressure push you to pursue things that really aren’t in line with your values. Finally,

better!

you need goals that are relevant together. And you don’t want to set too many so it’s impossible to complete them. Shoot for eight to twelve goals a year.

TIME-KE YED: Time-keyed simply means they reference time in some way. This could involve a deadline, a start date, how often you do something, a set time, or how long you have a streak of doing something.

get started! If you haven’t already, go back to the About Me section and think about your unique personality, your favorite things, and areas of interest

Goals usually fall into one or two categories:

Achievement goals

Habit goals

you might want to explore. Dive in and enjoy the process of thinking through what goals might mean the most to you. Then you can get started writing out

your goals. While you are figuring out your goals, be sure to fill out your Daily Pages and Weekly Preview. Confidently managing your time will pave the way

Achievement goals can have deadlines. You could set a goal to raise your

for you to start confidently tackling your goals!

science grade by the end of the semester or to learn five new songs on the piano

before Christmas. The tighter the deadline, the more focused and productive you

can be. Habit goals involve regular, ongoing activity. First, set a start date for yourself to begin your new habit. Next, plan for how often you need to do the habit. Is it every day? Or four days a week? After that, a set time a time of day you 10

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MEASURABLE: Measurable goals help you track your progress. For example,


ANNUAL GOALS

—WALT DISN E Y

Write your goals for the year here.

GOAL STATEMENT

Write your goals for the year here. AN N UAL G OAL S

AN N UAL G OAL S

GOAL STATEMENT

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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GOAL SUMMARY

Write your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal.

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GOAL DETAIL

Write your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal.

Learn to play the drums by practicing at last four times

Practice soccer and play outside every day after school

a week for 45 minutes. Twice by myself and twice with

between 2:30 and 4:00.

GOAL AREAS KEY MOTIVATIONS

S PI R ITUAL

EM OTI O NAL

PH YS I C AL

F R I EN DS

FAM I LY

AC AD EM I C

H O B B I ES

MONEY

Why is this goal important to you? List three reasons.

GOAL AREAS KEY MOTIVATIONS

S PI R ITUAL

EM OTI O NAL

PH YS I C AL

F R I EN DS

FAM I LY

AC AD EM I C

H O B B I ES

MONEY

Why is this goal important to you? List three reasons.

I love music. I want to help with music at church. I want

I love soccer.

to start my own band when I am in highschool.

I want to be the best player there is. It’s fn playing with my friends and siblings.

NEXT STEPS

List the first few actions you need to take to reach your goal.

NEXT STEPS

List the first few actions you need to take to reach your goal.

Clean out corner of garage for band practice

Let my friends know I’ll be outside playing every day.

Confirm practice time with Mom and all my friends.

Stop wasting time in study hall so I have more time after

Then pick first song to start.

school.

YOUR REWARD

Decide how you will celebrate once you achieve your goal.

YOUR REWARD

Decide how you will celebrate once you achieve your goal.

See if Mom and Dad will get me new goal nets.

Concert tickets!

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my friends for the next 90 days.


GOAL DETAIL

KEY MOTIVATIONS

S PI R ITUAL

EM OTI O NAL

PH YS I C AL

F R I EN DS

FAM I LY

AC AD EM I C

H O B B I ES

MONEY

Why is this goal important to you? List three reasons.

List the first few actions you need to take to reach your goal.

YOUR REWARD

Decide how you will celebrate once you achieve your goal.

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GOAL DETAIL GOAL SUMMARY

Write your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal.

GOAL AREAS

NEXT STEPS

HAB IT G OAL

HAB IT G OAL

Write your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal.

GOAL AREAS KEY MOTIVATIONS

NEXT STEPS

AC H I E VEM ENT G OAL

S PI R ITUAL

EM OTI O NAL

PH YS I C AL

F R I EN DS

FAM I LY

AC AD EM I C

H O B B I ES

MONEY

Why is this goal important to you? List three reasons.

List the first few actions you need to take to reach your goal.

YOUR REWARD

Decide how you will celebrate once you achieve your goal.

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GOAL SUMMARY

AC H I E VEM ENT G OAL


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WEEKLY PREVIEW STEP 1

RE VIE W TH E PAST WEEK:

What was your favorite thing this week?

STEP 2

PL AN TH E COMIN G WEEK:

What do you (a) want to do and (b) need

to do this week?

monday

tuesday

What are you most proud of?

WEEKLY PR E VI E W

WEEKLY PR E VI E W

wednesday

Review your goals and projects. Overall, how well did you do? Circle the face that expresses how you feel about your progress.Â

Thursday

What can you do better or differently this coming week?

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STEP 3

WEEKLY BIG 3:

Pick the three most important things to do this

week, based on your goals, projects, and everything else you want to do.

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STEP 4

TAKIN G CARE OF YOU:

What activities can you do to take care

OTHER ACTIVITIES, HOMEWORK, CHORES:

WEEKLY PR E VI E W

of yourself this week?

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Relax

Sleep

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Move

Connect

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OTHER ACTIVITIES, HOMEWORK, CHORES:

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