Graduating to a new school year is an exciting opportunity for big plans and fresh starts.  In much the same way that New Year's Day launches a billion resolutions, those late days of summer represent a practical point for you to make good on the improvements you pledged laste spring.

It's not surprising that more people achieve their goals when they plan ahead.  To make the most of this academic year, try Mead's five-star method for better goal setting:
  • Make goals specific, practical, and measureable.
    • Example:  Complete phase one of the fall semester term paper by October 1
  • Easy does it -- one thing at a time!  Start slow and build momentum.
    • Example:  Determine all of the "must do's" for each of your classes & make your goals.  Next, layer in those extracurricular activities that matter most to you.  And don't forget, time just hang out by yourself as well as with your family & friends is a goal that may not be easily measured but definitely is countless in its many benefits.
  • Adopt a role model to motivate you toward your goal
    • Example:  Seek out a fellow student, perhaps someone who took a class or participated in an extracurricular activity the year prior, and ask him/her for helpful hints and advice.  No need to navigate too many dark alleys on your own!
  • Deadlines are helpful and necessary to avoid procrastination.
    • Help manage deadlines with the Five Star Flex Student Planner
  • BE A STAR!  Publish your progress and report good news!
    • Celebrate each of your successes -- big or small.  When your family is aware of your goals you could set celebration markers together -- going out to dinner, a hall pass on chores, or something else that matters to you.
Is it a good idea to set goals or make plans?  Here is what our 34th President & celebrated Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower had to say:

"In preparing for battle I have always found plans useless, but planning is indispensable."