1. Goals give a purpose in Life:
When you have a goal to achieve, you have a purpose in life. If you travel with a purpose, you add more meaning to your life.
2. Goals trigger routines and habits:
Goals setting triggers routine. When you have a goal, you start preparing plans to execute it. You allocate time every day and work on your goals. For example: if your short-term goal is to score a 4 GPA, you will start bringing study-routines. You will adjust your habits. Or, you may bring new habits like spending morning hours for studying, writing assignments for a minimum of 30 minutes daily, follow time-management, etc.
3. Goals give you Focus:
You should know where to focus your time, efforts, money, and hard work. Setting goals will show where to focus all your efforts and skills.
4. Goals give Momentum:
When you set goals and work towards achieving it, you gain momentum in life. The momentum will motivate you to further set a goal and work for it. You become better by improvising.
5. Goals build Self-Efficacy:
If you are setting goals, it means you believe in your capacity to execute it and give the required results.
6. Goals bring Responsibilities:
If you have goals, it shows what you want in life. Also, your goals will say what you want to do with your life. Your goal becomes your responsibility. You will start acting responsibly.
7. Goals make life Interesting:
What good is life without challenges? Set Goals to make your life interesting and challenging.
Setting goals is important and necessary in life. Your Goals are motivations to get a little boost. Goal setting and achieving bring out the best in you.
1. Decide what you want:
Know what you want to do. That is how you set proper goals for yourself. Do you have any things you are interested to do? Do you have any pursuits in life? Planning about lifestyle change? Planning to study abroad? Hoping to finish the assignment by Friday? Interested in learning a new language? Etc. are examples that can say what you want. We need this clarity to set proper goals.
This is where short-term, middle-term, and long-term goal types come in. Think of the goals you want to get. It will say how much time you ‘have’ and time you ‘want’ for the goal to take shape and give results.
3. Be clear with the endpoints:
Write questions like:
a. What goals I have in mind?
b. What end-result I want?
c. How I want it?
d. What is my expectation out of this?
e. What outcomes I need?
Answer them genuinely. It will help you set proper goals for yourself.
4. Goals should be compelling and inspiring:
Set goals that inspire and compel you to take action and actively pursue. Goals should not demotivate or negatively influence you. The true purpose of goals-setting is to enhance yourself and not bring down others. Set your goals to align your values and not for others.
5. Goals should help you gain momentum:
Your goals should make you work consistently. The way you set your goals should eliminate the Goal-Hopping. It should move you forward even a little bit every day. You should be able to keep going even after little glitches on the way. This is the momentum you need.
6. Goals - Traceable and visible:
Goals are not about fantasizing. Realistic goals should be traceable, visible, and progressive. Set your goals in a way where monitoring progress is easy.
1. Lack of Motivation:
When your goals don’t motivate you or interests you, you no longer actively pursue it. Eventually, you deviate from it.
2. No Goals/Vague Goals:
Setting specific and clear goals is important. Having vague goals will make you deviate.
3. Achievable. Not Fantasized.
A goal should not always be in the dream stage. It should go to the actionable stage. For that, you need to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. Set true goals and not fantasized about goals.
4. Do you have too many goals set?
Having too many goals will make you overwhelmed. By thinking about the efforts you need to give you start to deviate from the goals. Stop multitasking and goal-hopping. Set a goal. Work for it. Accomplish it. Move on to the next.
5. Expecting efforts from others:
Don’t expect people and surroundings to fix the problem of your goals. And, don’t blame if something goes wrong. This attitude makes you want to deviate from your goals.
It’s is your goal. Take responsibility.
6. Impress others:
Do you set goals to please people around you or impress others? You will end up deviating from those goals easily. Set goals for yourself and your needs.
7. Easily Distracted?
If you get easily distracted by even little things, the chances of deviating from your goals are high. Make sure, you train yourself to overcome distractions.
People expect quick wins and short-wins without having to put effort and wait patiently. If those wins don’t happen, they quickly deviate from heir goals. Achieving goals takes time, effort, and patience.
9. Fear to handle obstacles:
Fear to face failures, obstacle, and criticisms is one of the principal reasons people deviate from their goals.
1. They know what they want:
All successful people have one thing in common. They know exactly what they want, how they want, what to do, and how to do it. This is how top people set their goals.
2. They Set Process-Goals:
Successful people knew that setting goals are not enough. Their approach will not be in “I want this result”. Their approach would be “how to get the output step by step? What should be the first step?” They focus on process goals.
3. They practice Accountability:
Successful people set goals that can progress and can be held accountable.
4. They Set Intentions:
Successful people will set the intention of “whatever happens, let’s see the bright side”. They know that unexpected circumstances will arise or things can go as planned. They will be prepared for both. When you set positive intentions in yourself, you are more likely to stay on track despite what happens. This is what successful people do when they set goals.
5. They Start the Day in the Right Tone:
People who ace in their field mentally run through their entire day. And go positive in their actions and intentions. To “respond well” is what successful people practice instead of reacting all out. Also, successful people visualize “how I will be today” and act accordingly.
6. They accept failures:
Only by accepting your failures, you can intelligently work the next time. Successful people are well aware of this fact. They accept their failures and mistakes. They correct mistakes and grow.
7. They have habits and routines:
Successful people set goals and reach them because of two reasons. First, they are consistent with their efforts even after defeats and failures. Secondly, they take care of themselves physically and mentally through positive habits and good lifestyle routines.
Fitness is a worthy goal to pursue in life. With good fitness, you gain confidence. You can put almost all lifestyle diseases away from you for ages to come. Focus on fitness overall, and not just for your body.
Here your fitness goals can be categorized into three types:
a. Lifestyle: Money savings, a good career, good education, to have a place on your own, good people around you.
b. Physical: planning the day, making healthy food choices, and spending time for physical pursuits like walking, cycling, jogging, workouts, etc. daily.
c. Mental: To bring more peace of mind in life.
They are all, in a way a fitness goal worth pursuing in life.
To take care of your emotional wellness and become better emotionally is a worthy goal to pursue in life. If we know how to handle our emotions, we resolve almost all problems in life.
Emotional-wellness goals include:
a. Practicing meditation.
b. To practice emotional intelligence.
c. To not take everything personally.
d. Not becoming a people-pleaser.
e. Developing the attitude to bounce back after failures.
f. Sportive attitude to handle life’s challenges.
h. Response overreaction.
i. Treating people well.
j. Practicing Humbleness.
Positivity is truly a worthy goal to pursue in life.
a. Skill goals:
Apart from your studies/work, it’s good to develop extra skills. Gaining extra knowledge, training in new skills, learning a new language, traveling, etc. are worthy goals to pursue in life. Learn new things.
Whatever makes you happy is a goal worth pursuing. Also, remember any goal that doesn’t hurt or offend anybody, and doesn’t influence you negatively. If it allows you to spread your creative wings, that is a worthy goal to pursue.
1. Things you want:
There’s a popular saying that says “charity begins at home”. The same goes here. Your first step in finding your life goals is to accomplish “basic things you want” to survive in the world. You need a good place, good food, some money, education, and skills to survive. During the initial stages of life, these are the things that become life-goals for people. Once it’s done, people focus on the next.
2. Things that make you happy:
Your dream startup, building a family, owning a house, focusing on sports, traveling, exploring new areas in work, pursuing your hobbies are few examples that make people happy. The reason is, they are all intrinsically motivated goals and interests. It stays in their mind despite a good job and a good life. And when our basic life-goals are met, our brains keep kindling such passion projects and personal interests.
3. Things that bring out your skills and talents:
Education, Skills, and knowledge have been a big part of life-goals for almost everyone. These types of life goals will guide you where you want to go in life. Getting a double major, pursue your research further, etc. could be the life-goals that bring out the talents and skill in you.
4. Things that can help you “Give”:
The best part of setting life-goals is, it can help others as it helps you. Giving is not just about money. You can give respect, forgiveness, positivity, kindness, and support to people around you.
5. How are you growing?
Growing here is in four steps. Based on these 4 steps, you can shape your life-goals.
- What do you want
- What plans you have to achieve them.
- How to start executing the plans.
- How am I progressing
1. Lack of Resilience:
“Resilience is, knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway
You cannot achieve your goals if you are not ready to be resilient. Be prepared to pick yourself up every time you fall. Keep trying!
2. Easily Giving Up:
“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
Don’t see hurdles as problems. See what is causing them. Work on it. Resolve it. Get back on track. But, don’t stay there and keep looking at the problem in front of you. To easily give up is why most people can’t achieve their goals.
3. Instant Wins.
“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of a lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi
Your goals will take the time and effort it needs to come out successfully. If you want quick-wins and easy-solutions, you can’t reach your goals fruitfully. Goals need patience and commitment.
4. Not Ready to Take Risks:
“Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho
Your experience through failures, success, risks, criticisms, and challenges are important to shape your goals better. If you fear to take risks and play it safe, there will be no improvements.
“Comparisons with myself brings improvement, comparisons with others brings discontent.” – Betty Jamie Chung
Don’t compare your goals. Honor your goals and efforts you are giving for it.
6. Lack of Clarity:
“The More clarity you have, the more powerful your goals are.” – Robert G. Allen
Vagueness is not the right approach. Be specific and Clear about your goals.
Difference Between Goals & Objectives:
People often confuse between objectives and goals. What we don’t understand is, we need both goals and objectives to successfully execute the task and get the best outcomes.
Goal: Your goal becomes directions. Only with directions, you will know where to go.
Objective: Objectives are the exact process, steps, actions, and efforts you must take to travel and reach the goal.
Goal: Goals are general. They are like a destination or direction that says where you want to go. And, goals are also general intentions that you wish to have.
Objective: The objectives are by nature, very precise, sharp, specific, and actionable.
Goal: Goals can be Long-term, Short-term, and even Middle-term.
Objective: The objectives are small and require short-term actions. Also, they can be middle-term.
Goal: Goals are creative oriented.
Objective: Objects are concept-oriented i.e. they focus on how to do things and what strategies to use to finish the task.
Goal: Goals can help you with setting priorities, and decision makings. The goal can become inspirational and motivational. They can help in bringing out your talents and skills
Objective: Objectives are more specific and process-oriented. So it becomes easy to measure your progress. Meeting the objectives will bring a sense of achievement and confidence to start the next activity.
Goal: Goals is the road you want to travel.
Objective: Objectives are similar to the milestones in the road that is going to point you in the right direction if a goal.
Goal: Related question to a goal will be “What should be done”.
Objective: Related question with objectives go like “How it should be done” or “How it can be done”.
Goal: Your goals can have a broader scope in life
Objective: Objectives are usually narrow.
Goals and Objectives are important for goal-setting and goal-achieving.
What is important to achieve a Goal?
To reach your goal successfully, you need to be strong in three things. They are, knowing your strengths, willingness to improvise and accepting weaknesses and correcting it. If all three are set, you can easily reach your end goal. By spending most of your time on your strength and improvisations, you reach what you want. The 70-25-5 principle is to take care of these three attributes to make you perform better.
What is the 70-25-5 Principle?
The technique is:
- 70%: Spend 70% of your time to work in your strongest areas.
- The 25%: Give 25% time to working on things you want to improve.
- The Balance 5%: Spend 5% time working on areas of weakness.
How to use the 70-25-5 principle to achieve my goals efficiently?
Here’s an example.
Your end -goal: Complete the Assignment by Month-End.
The strategy suggests that, if an individual spends 70% of their time in areas of their strength, they easily progress towards goals.
Ex: If your strength is in doing quality-research and taking crisp notes, then you need to spend 70% time here. By doing so, you gain a solid base to start your assignments.
And, by spending 25% of the time on areas to improve, an individual gains consistency. It becomes easy to move forward.
Ex: Your improvisations can be good time-management, prioritize topics to write faster, improve writing style, etc.
The balance of 5% is tricky. It is about spending the last 5% time to work on a weakness. Only when we accept our flaws, we begin to correct it.
Ex: Weakness here can be distractions, procrastination habits, etc.
70-25-5 is a simple strategy to follow to achieve your goals. You can use it every day.
7 Efficient Steps to stop wasting time and focus on your goals
1. Are you really interested?
If not, you cannot focus on your goals. You waste time. Choose/Set goals that are valuable, meaningful, relatable, and realistic to you. Set goals with interest. Else, focusing on goals will be hard. You will keep wasting time with unproductive activities.
2. Are you procrastinating? Are you multitasking?
Do you feel like you are wasting your time instead of focusing on your goals? Procrastination could be a possible reason. The next thing that kills your focus is multitasking. If you have too many goals to achieve, you cannot productively achieve even one goal. Overcome Procrastination and Multitasking!
3. Make a To-Do list before night:
If your goal is vague, you lose focus and waste more time. A simple solution is a crisp To-Do list. Before night, write down a clear and concise to-do list of what goals you want to achieve the next day. Or, if you have any long-term/middle-term goals in mind, write down 3-5 tasks to finish tomorrow related to your goals.
4. Waste Time Wisely:
We cannot keep up the energy and focus all the time towards our goal. Even successful people waste time as nobody’s perfect. Try wasting your time wisely i.e., get something productive out of it.
5. 3 MIT:
Complete 3 Most Important activities related to your Goals every Day before Lunch.
6. Reward yourself:
Reward yourself even for little achievements. Take breaks when needed. It helps you stay focus on your goals.
7. Keep Calm
Still, finding hard to focus on your goals and wasting time? Don’t worry. Clam your senses. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Repeat it for some time. Resume your work. Peaceful senses will give you focus.
Locke and Latham have given 5 goal-setting principles in their book "A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance." These principles help set achievable and motivational goals for you.
5 Principles of Goal-Setting by Locke and Latham are:
Locke and Latham suggested that if your goals are clear and concise, there will be no room for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. As a result, you will grasp what you want, what to do, and how to get it. Unclear goals lead to poor execution of your efforts and a waste of time.
Locke and Latham believe that if a goal is challenging, intriguing and inspiring, we are more likely to be motivated to accomplish it. Challenging doesn't mean we can fantasize about unrealistic ideas. Challenging goals should also be achievable and relatable.
Try to connect emotionally with your goal. Only then can you commit. To connect emotionally, you need to set goals that are true to your interest, values, and life. As a result, you will be convinced and agree with your goals. Once you are committed, you will become consistent.
Regularly review your goal progress.
Answer questions like:
- Am I going in the right direction?
- Are my goal-plans working properly?
- Why I didn't see any progress?
- How far should I go to reach the end-goal?
- Are my goals clear? Etc.
It helps you to see whether you are traveling in the right direction towards your goal.
6. Task Complexity:
Task-complexity can either be the "Not Clearly Understood." category or "It's a very challenging" category. Know the difference. Not all people can handle complex goals. Also, even highly motivated people can sometimes feel overwhelmed with complex goals. Point is, avoid too many complexities while setting your goals and don't overdo.
1. S – Specific:
The first step in goal-setting is being ‘Specific’. You should identify what you want to accomplish clearly. Specific goals will help you in making a better plan. You can take actionable steps. With vague goals, you cannot proceed further.
Poor Example: I Want to Be an Engineer.
Good Example: To become a genetics engineer by graduating from this reputed institution.
2. M – Measurable:
Your goal becomes achievable if you can measure its progress. It is like setting milestones that will tell you ‘how far you have come’ and ‘how far you have to go’ to reach the goal.
Bad Example: Have to get more visitors to the site.
Good Example: Have to reach 10,000 visitors before the middle of April.
Now, you can measure your progress easily.
3. A- Attainable/Achievable:
What is the purpose of your goal if it is un-attainable? Set goals within the reach and comes within a time-bound.
Poor Example: I want to become No.1 in this field by this Month
Good Example: Undergo a minimum of 6 months of internship in this particular field. I have to gain live industry-experience and knowledge in this field by working for 3-5 years in the field.
4. R – Relatable:
Your goals should be related to your values and objectives. Also, your goals should be realistic and challenging to motivate you.
Poor Example: Become a good fiction-writer in 3 weeks.
Good Example: I want to graduate in English and explore world-literature as I want to become a writer.
The goal here is realistic, motivating, and relatable to your values and objectives.
You will gain motivation to achieve your goal when there is a time-bound.
Poor Example: Increase my Blog Visitors
Good Example: Increase visitors by 5% before July.
Don’ts of Goal-Setting:
- Your goals should not be set to 'negatively' influence yourself and other people around you.
- If you are in a higher position in any field like business, education, etc. don’t follow the attitude of “Achieve this goal or you will lose your job”.
- Goals shouldn’t degrade people if they couldn’t achieve it.
- Don't set goals to please or impress people around you.
- Your goals should not favor short-term wins over long-term losses.
- Don’t aim to accomplish too many goals.
- Your goals should not distract you away from the end-outcome despite a lot of changes in the action plan due to unavoidable circumstances.
- Don't set goals out of compulsion.
Do’s of Goal Setting:
- Your goal should be understandable. This is the first step in setting proper goals in life.
- Goals should motivate you. When you set a goal, set it out of your inspiration, passion, and interest.
- Goals should be actionable i.e. your goals should give your ideas to make good plans, take steps, gather necessary resources to achieve it.
- Goals should be useful to you. You will be motivated to achieve the goals if you find it useful and valuable to you. If not, you will do everything to avoid it starting with procrastination.
- Goals should be time-bound. Only then, you will know when to start, and when to finish it. Time is important for achieving goals.
- Ask yourself “Is this what I want?”, “Is this what I want to achieve?” before you set your long-term, middle-term, and life-time goals. Don’t try to copy or imitate your goals based on others. Also, don’t compare yourself with others and set your goals. Different people have different needs in life.
Remember to follow these basic Do's and Dont's to set achievable goals in life.
What is a SMART Goal?
SMART is the key aspect and the best strategy to set proper goals. If you don’t know how to set goals, you can follow how SMART works. You will get the idea. When you set SMART goals, you will understand how to proceed in achieving your goals.
Why do you need to follow the SMART Goal-Setting Strategy?
SMART Stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
SMART goal-setting will bring out what exactly you want, how you want, and when you want. When you start following the SMART strategy, you will answer 5 important questions that will determine whether you can set the goal and achieve it.
SMART Goal-Setting is about:
Is your goal SPECIFIC?
What do you want to achieve? What type of Goal is it? Is it a short-term goal? What are your long-term goals? Do you have any goals or tasks that you like to do before you complete your education?
Is your goal MEASURABLE?
Can you monitor your goal’s progress? How will you know if you have achieved it or Not? What’s the Measure or scale you have fixed for your goal?
Is your goal ATTAINABLE?
Can you achieve your goal? What do you want to accomplish with this Goal? What end-results do you want to get? How the outcome of your goal should be?
How REALISTIC is your Goal?
Is your goal a realistic one? Is it practically possible? Can we get the resources needed to accomplish this Goal? Can you tackle the difficulties in achieving this Goal?
What TIME-FRAME will it take?
Can you achieve it in a week/month? What type of Goal you have, and how much time will it take? When should you complete this Goal?
SMART goal-setting is a high backed method to achieve our goals practically and objectively.
- Habits like good food-choices, active lifestyle, being good with people, managing both work and play are important routines for reaching your goals successfully.
- Prepare yourself mentally. Accomplishing goals takes determination and consistency. Train your mind to keep trying.
- Another key habit of achieving your goal is to wake up early. You will have extra hours of productive time to work on your goals.
- It doesn’t matter what types of goals you have. For everything, you need simple, clear, and achievable planning and process. Improve your planning habits.
- Spend time daily for your goals.
- Take breaks. Working on your goals every day will make the work seem tedious to achieve.
- If you have long-term goals break it to short-term goals.
- Be ready to improvise your goals when needed.
- Handle criticisms and demotivation sportively. Don’t become influenced by what others say about your goals. Successful people were once criticized for their goals and dreams.
- Enjoy the Process. Let your goals be the destination. But make your travel an interesting and happy one. All work and no happy times will make everybody dull. Enjoy your journey by accepting that ups and downs in achieving goals are natural processes.
- Identify what is stopping you? What habits you should change? What part should you improvise? Should you focus on planning more? Is your lack of clarity stopping you? Etc.
- Don’t procrastinate. Aim for doing at least some productive work every day related to your goals.
- Place your goals where you can see then daily.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
- It is your goal. Believe that you can, and you will achieve it.
1. Stuck with a Goal?
“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus, Philosopher.
Feel stuck with a goal? Don’t worry. Only when we are completely stuck, we will gain the ultimate courage to get out of it. Don’t give up easily.
2. Do you feel like “Why should I Set Goals?”
“Goal Setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.” – Jim Rohn.
Goals are important in life. Goals will help you make every day count.
3. Why having a goal is important in life for me?
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland.
Without a purpose, waking every day becomes meaningless and demotivating. With a goal, you wake up with a purpose to fulfill. You gain confidence in yourself and in the steps you take to achieve goals.
4. Do you ask yourself “How can I be happy in life”?
This quote will answer.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie.
If your thoughts, energy, and hopes are inspired by a goal, nothing can stop you from achieving outstanding things in life. Set an inspiring goal. Achieve it. You will end up happy.
5. Is accomplishing your goal the only purpose of your life? No.
“In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.” – Sid Caesar.
Compromising your happiness for achieving your goals becomes meaningless.
1. Goals should mean something to you:
Your goals should mean something to you. If there is no meaning or personal value, you will not be internally motivated to accomplish it. Goals should make a person spend the best of their efforts. Meaningful goals add motivation and drive inside you to achieve it.
2. Be flexible:
Be ready to take whatever comes in the middle of your goal journey. Be flexible enough to adapt to changes that might happen in the middle. Take advantage of things and situations that might happen in the middle. Be flexible with your goals. Especially, with your long-term, middle-term, and Life-time goals.
3. Be Realistic:
Realistic goals will become achievable goals in life. Also, be realistic with the time to accomplish. Depending upon the goals, it will take time. Be realistic by accepting it. Don’t rush or don’t wait too long.
4. No outside influence:
Don’t set your goals because others are doing it. Don’t let people or surrounding influence you in setting goals or altering them. Set goals for yourself. Set goals you want and not what others want.
5. Get Support when needed:
Your goals may need another shoulder to carry forward for some time. Ask for help when you are struggling to achieve your goals.
6. You need good Balance:
Your Goals should not break your personal life, your family, friends, and people. You should be able to have happy times and also work on your goals. You need to balance.
7. Don’t lose Values over Goals:
Your goals should synch with your values and rightness.
8. Specific goals are achievable goals:
Set specific goals based on what you want and what you need. Achieving goals becomes easy.
1. Capstone Goals:
Capstone goals are processes and activities you need to achieve to accomplish your long-term goals.
Examples: Travelling to all the wonders of the world or buying an apartment in a serene place, or buying your dream car, etc. all come under your long-term goals. Or, it could be like becoming an engineer, a lawyer, etc. These goals would take some years to accomplish.
Capstone goals here would be: Saving Money, Clearing the Entrance Exams, Choosing reputed medical/engineering institutions, Interning at a good law firm
2. Lifetime Goals:
Lifetime Goals can give more satisfaction to people when accomplished than other goals. An individual’s lifetime goals will mostly come under Favorite Things to do or regarding personal interests. It also covers basic life goals like Career, Financial Stability, Education, Building a Family, your passion project, etc.
For Instance: You might have a well-paid job. Your life is all settled. Yet, you might still look for something to accomplish out of deep personal interest. Ex: Open a book-store, Open a restaurant, Own a pet, Move to different country/state, Write a novel, Meet your Role-Model, etc.
3. Provisional Goals:
Provisional goals are simple advancements. You can achieve them under a month or a few weeks. Provisional goals are independent. They don’t have to be linked to other categories of goals. Also, your Provisional goals need not be an extension or beginning of long-term, short-term, or lifetime goals.
Example: Painting your house, de-cluttering wardrobe, restocking the pantry, passing courses, completing a fitness goal, etc.
4. Foundational Goals:
Foundation goals are short-term goals. You can do it in a day, or a week. You can set foundational goals as the basis for long-term goals too. You can also set them as stand-alone.
Example: Getting your assignments checked today, join art classes, etc.