It’s likely your only goal lately has been to brush your teeth. Now’s the time to aim higher—for example, keeping your room clean. Just make sure your goal is S.M.A.R.T.: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. Here’s how to do it:
SPECIFIC: We’d probably all like to be tidier, especially since we’re indoors so much these days, but as a goal, that’s pretty vague. Make it specific by vowing to clean your room each weekend.
MEASURABLE: What exactly does a clean room mean to you? Making your bed, hanging up clothes, dusting your dresser? Make yourself a list you can check each week.
ACHIEVABLE: If you share a room with a sibling, you’ll never have full control over what your space looks like. Make sure to set a goal you can actually reach, like keeping your bed or closet neat.
REALISTIC: Maybe you don’t have time to make your bed each morning and vacuum each night, but you can put away your clothes every day.
TIME-BASED: Set mini goals, like having a clean room for two weeks in a row, and one big goal, like keeping your room neat for the entire school year. Don’t forget to reward yourself along the way!