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Goal-Setting & Motivation

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Motivation is the emphasis we put on performing certain tasks or activities. Motivation is vital to help us achieve everything we set out to do, especially when studying.

However, motivation fluctuates and can be challenging to maintain. That is why it is important to be strategic and create a clear plan of action.

This is where clear goals come in handy. Consider the following:

  1. What improvements are you looking for? This can include: knowledge related to your training/ courses, language learning, and more.
  2. Where do you want to go? Clearly define what you intend to achieve.

Once you are clear about your objectives, it is time to specify what you are going to study in order to get there! Motivation is increased if you find the subjects useful, practical, and engaging. This way you will feel fully motivated by what you have to do. Your attitude will be proactive, you will be more focused and your level of involvement will also be higher.

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Goal setting and tracking applications

Disclaimer: TMU and TRSM does not officially endorse the external apps and sites listed here, and may not be held responsible for any technological issues that arise from their use. Please use at your own discretion.

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Find time for your goals with Google Calendar!

With the new Goals (external link)  function on Google Calendar, just add a personal goal and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it!


An app that helps you track your habits using charts and reminders. 



Turn your goals into a game! Get in-game rewards and punishments for meeting your goals and play together with friends.

An app that allows you to track your habits and progress towards a particular goal.

Habit Share 

Allows you to visually track your goals and share your progress with friends and family to help keep you accountable. 


A tool that allows you to set SMART goals. You can also share goals with friends and family to maintain accountability.

Other campus resources


TEDxLFHS | Yana Savitsky 

How a Student Changed her Study Habits by Setting Goals and Managing Time

Thomas Frank

How to Be More DISCIPLINED - 6 Ways to Master Self Control

Art of Improvement

A Complete Guide to Goal Setting

Thomas Frank

How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation