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National Work Harder Day: What are your goals for the year?

Fill the Goal Ball Machine with your goals for 2024 for National Work Harder Day! Leave your goals in the comments section below!!

From Oregon State University's Academic Success Center, here are goal setting tips to help you focus your energy:

  1. Break your goal into smaller tasks or action steps. This can make progress feel more manageable and give you a sense of accomplishment as you move towards your goal. Who doesn’t love checking off a box or crossing off a to-do?

  2. Make goals with others (friends, family members, coworkers). You don't have to go it alone. Letting other people know about your goals can help with accountability (ask them to check in with you) and support (again, ask them to check in with you). Accountability and support can be key to your progress.

  3. Anticipate possible challenges. Obstacles and setbacks are a part of life. For each of your goals, try to anticipate some challenges you might encounter. Generate a list of resources that can help you overcome these challenges and get ahead of obstacles by overestimating the time it may take to finish your goal.

  4. Visualize your achievement. What will completing your goal look and feel like? Visualizing your accomplishments motivate your work and progress. Practice all the steps and pieces in your mind, including that point when you succeed!

  5. Reward yourself. Incentives can be a fun way to encourage your work towards your goal. Structure your work with little rewards along the way. They give you something to look forward to, which can help you get down to work in the first place.

  6. Manage your time. Use time management tools to help you organize your tasks, set aside time to work towards your goal, and track your progress. Goals are at their best with a structure in place for you to achieve them!

Good luck with all of your goals and endeavors in 2024!

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2月13日 this one is a little silly, but I have a bad habit of starting yarn projects and not completing them. If I put this out there, maybe you guys can help keep me honest w/myself and hold me accountable. I started crocheting a sweater in January to pass the time while Dad was in the hospital, my goal is to complete it by the end of April. One of the things I'm doing toward that goal is to committing to spending at least half my lunch hour 3 times a week working on it. I'll keep you posted!

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