Power of Planning

As an educator, inspiring your students to set goals to help them achieve their aspirations, through the emphasis of planning, has many benefits.

Teaching students to write down their goals and prioritize day-to-day events leads them to achieve the intermediate milestones that are the first steps to accomplishing long-term goals. A student planner designed to record homework assignments, as well as extra-curricular events, provides the foundation for students of any age to cultivate lifelong organizational skills vital to achieving their goals, which will result in more satisfying, successful lives.

At their most basic level, student planners keep parents informed and actively involved with their children’s education. They also serve as a communication resource between parents/guardians and the classroom teacher.

In order for youth, as well as adults, to achieve their long-term goals, they must be in alignment with a set of governing values that guide their lives and define their character. Our CHARACTER COUNTS!® School Agendas provide the framework for organization, but also present the added benefit of helping young people understand the universal human values that are at the core of a successful, productive life.

Knowing where you are going and why you have selected that destination is vital to determining your path and each step along the way. Referenced below are some of the outcomes of a Baylor University Study on the purpose of goal setting:

goal settingPurpose of Goal-Setting

Goal setting helps us to strive to achieve. Although goal setting may be challenging, it is generally worthwhile. Its intention is to increase efficiency and effectiveness by specifying desired outcomes. The following are the most important purposes of goal setting:

  • Goals guide and direct behavior.
  • Goals provide clarity.
  • Goals provide challenges and standards.
  • Goals reflect what the goal setters consider important.
  • Goals help improve performance.
  • Goals increase the motivation to achieve.
  • Goals help increase pride and satisfaction in one’s achievements.
  • Goals improve self-confidence.
  • Goals help decrease negative attitude.

People who use goal setting effectively suffer less from stress, are better able to concentrate, show more self-confidence, and seem to feel happier.

Baylor University – Hellriegel, Slocum, and Woodman & Martens (1992) (1987)