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Goal Setting Practice Exercises

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Updated on Sep 19, 2011

Review the lesson for Goal Setting Study Guide.

Goal Setting Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise

Look at the second practice exercise in Brainstorming: Critical Thinking Skills Success Practice Exercises, which is the situation about Sandy, who was trying to save $50 a month. You created a web to brainstorm possible solutions. Now, make the monthly investment a goal for Sandy, using any or all of the possible solutions you mentioned to complete the following goal chart.

Goal-Setting Chart

Answer

Using the brainstormed solutions from Brainstorming with Graphic Organizers: Critical Thinking Practice Exercises, the goal chart looks like this:

Goal-Setting Chart

Practice Exercise

Charlene's bathroom needs a major repair because of a plumbing leak under the bathtub. She decides it's a good time to renovate the whole room since everything's outdated: the toilet tank is cracked, the faucets leak, the floor and wall tiles are an unappealing avocado green, and the tub will have to be destroyed in order to fix the leak. Charlene has worked out a budget by pricing new tiles, tub, vanity, sink, and toilet, and getting a quote from a contractor to install them. The problem is, she doesn't have $2,500 to pay for the renovation right now. After some brainstorming, she comes up with three possible solutions:

  1. charge everything on a credit card
  2. take out a home equity loan
  3. have just the plumbing repair done now, which costs $700, and wait to do the rest of the job later
  4. How should she proceed?

Answer

There are several possibilities, depending on how you define Charlene's goal and evaluate the possible solutions. Her goal is to redo the bathroom because it's outdated and needs repairs. It seems like a good time because some tile and the tub will have to be torn out to fix the leaky pipe anyway. Charlene might charge everything on a credit card, but she first needs to know the interest rate, how much she'd have to pay each month, and how long it would take to pay off the card. Solution 2 might be a better choice, if the bank's interest rate is lower than the credit card rate, and she might be able to deduct the interest from her income tax. With Solution 3, she doesn't borrow any money or pay interest, but she'll still have to patch up areas temporarily where tile is removed, and some problems remain. So either solution 1 or 2, if not too costly, make sense since the plumbers will already be at the house.

Practice Exercise

Now set a short-term goal for yourself. Choose something relatively simple to do for 30 days, like reading a book or magazine for at least 15 minutes a day, cleaning out a closet and keeping it that way, adding at least one new word to your vocabulary every day, keeping a journal, trying new recipes, or exercising for 20 minutes a day. How should you proceed?

Answer

Your answer depends on your goal. Here's one person's plan to meet one of the goals previously listed.

Goal: to exercise at least 20 minutes a day

  • Do bending and stretching exercises when I wake up, before I take a shower.
  • Do stretching exercises while watching TV or during commercials.
  • Walk to the train station instead of getting a ride by car.
  • Do a few bending/stretching exercises before getting into bed at night.
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