01-21-2010 - MTFF: How To Get Your Teenager to Progress Their Goals
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MTFF: How To Get Your Teenager to Progress Their Goals Sent Thursday, January 21, 2010 
MAKE TIME FOR FUN
January 21st 2010
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach

A Note From Julie

Well, ,it is beginning to feel more like January now. A fresh covering of snow here in Massachusetts has made everything sparkle and shine again.  Although I am not a huge fan of the cold weather, I would rather look out on fresh snow. It brightens my office and lifts my spirits.
 
This week is regarded as the low point of the year for many people. The excitement of the holidays is over; everyone is back to work and school. And to top it all, this is the week everyone realizes their New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside.  
 
This week's article is about how to help your teenager make sure that progress is being made on the goals that have been set, so that the slump does not strike in your house.
 
I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.
Wishing happiness and success

Julie Baird

 

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    4 Steps to Help Your Teenager Make Progress on Their Goals

    Setting goals is a complete waste of time unless you are going to make progress and meet those goals. Worse, it is actually demotivating to have set goals and then make no progress. That is why so many people feel really low at this point in January. Once they realize that their New Year's resolutions have not made the great changes in their lives that they hoped for.

    And if your teenager is already feeling overwhelmed realizing that no progress has been made can be devastating.

    SO how do you help them make sure that they keep up the progress on their goals?

    1.      Help them make SMART goals

    Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. This was discussed in detail last week and in the blog. The measureable element is very important to allow them to easily identify progress.

    2.      Keep the goals visible

    There is no point setting goals then hiding them away. Keep them where they can see them regularly. Top of the mind awareness is what you are striving for. Put them on their wall, tape them to their desk, post them in their locker.

    3.      Help them track their progress.

    Use the measurements they identified in goal setting. Have them keep track regularly of how they are progressing. This is vital. By tracking how they are doing they can make adjustments as necessary.

    4.      Celebrate and reward their progress

    Don't wait until they have reached their goal. Celebrate progress along the way. Every achievement deserves some form of recognition and this spurs them on to keep going. Just don't go over the top, they have to feel they deserve it.

    Keep going with this and they will make regular progress that will help them meet their goals and build habits that will keep them succeeding.

     
    If you feel your teenager would like some help with making progress or any other area of time management and organization then give me a call and we can work out how best to help them achieve their potential.
     
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