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You Can Do It – Set Tiny Goals for Next Semester

It’s the end of the semester for most of us students. Some of us (OK, me) have exams left. But a lot of law students are finished. Congratulations! Remember, it’s never to late to start planning next semester.

That’s why Angela Booth’s post about setting writing goals for 2007 seemed appropriate for today.

Angela’s take on your 2007 goals is simple: set small, specific goals, that you know you can meet. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive to do more and better work. You must push yourself, but be realistic. Then perhaps you’ll do even better than your small goals. Wouldn’t that be great?!

She sums up her method quite nicely:

If you have trouble achieving goals, create tiny writing goals for 2007. For example, if you’ve never been published, aim to get published in one publication in 2007. On the other hand, if you are already being published, aim for a new publication one level above where you’re publishing now.

Yes, this applies to law school too! Maybe you want to study more next semester. Set the goal of reviewing your notes weekly. Maybe you want to volunteer more time for pro bono work. Make your goal be 10 hours per month.

Even if you have big desires (such as getting onto Law Review), you can set small goals that will build toward them. Just make sure your goals are realistic. Push yourself, but not too hard. You don’t want to burn out in February.

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3 Responses to “You Can Do It – Set Tiny Goals for Next Semester”

  1. Kian Ann
    December 19th, 2006

    Wonderful Andrew, yeah, a tiny goal is better than no goals at all!

    I personally prefer to set long term goals and them break them down into more manageable weekly tasks!

  2. Andrew Flusche
    December 19th, 2006


    I like the idea of long term goals with weekly break-downs. That makes things more manageable. Excellent suggestion.

    Thanks for commenting!