1. Visit the Mind Tools website and explore the many resources available that relate to time management. Only three pages are available free of charge from this website.
  2. Explore websites or articles that provide helpful information on strategies and approaches for effective time management.
  3. Download and view the PowerPoint presentation Writing Goals and Objectives. Using the format presented in this presentation, create one academic goal (written with SMART criteria) and write two specific objectives for achieving that written goal.
  4. Download and open the file Time Management Assessment Tool.  Complete the self-assessment tool and follow the instructions on page 2.
  5. Prepare to discuss the following prompts:
    1. Share a summary of your time management self-assessment. Be sure to include your areas of strengths and weaknesses and personal barriers to efficient use of time.
    2. Discuss effective strategies that adult learners could utilize to balance various life roles along with the new role of full-time student. Describe strategies that assist you in effectively managing time as a student.
    3. Share your created SMART goal (see #5 above) with your faculty and classmates. Discuss the specific objectives that you will take to achieve that academic goal.
  6. Your initial post should be four paragraphs in length, with a minimum of three sentences in each paragraph. Your post should be submitted by the end of day #4 of this workshop.
  7. Cite and reference two current scholarly sources to support your insights and answers.
  8. Read and respond to at least two classmates’ initial posts by the end of the workshop. You are encouraged to respond to the follow-up instructor questions directed to you. Your responses to classmates should be a minimum of six sentences in length.
  9. Forum participation (including initial post and responses) occurs on at least two different days of the workshop.

Created by Jeannie Short MSN, RN and Jane E. Vincent Ed.D., RN


Indiana Wesleyan University

Post-licensure (RNBSN) Program

Edited 4/2013 ©

In completing this self-study, the learner will….

Understand the purpose and benefits of goal development

Differentiate between a goal and an objective

Practice writing goal statements using the S.M.A.R.T. method

Learn to prioritize goal and objective statements

Conclude that evaluation of process and progress is valuable in determining the success of planning appropriate activities/steps to meet each goal.

Defining a Goal

A goal is an outcome to achieve by using specific actions. Goals evolve by identifying a need, establishing a role, or finding a result that you desire to achieve.

A written goal “provides a strong statement of intent and the results to be achieved.”

(Rouillard, 2003, p. ii)

Why do we need goals?

“Goals are an essential part of successfully conducting business and living a rewarding life. Well-defined goals allow you to choose, design, and implement important targets (objectives) necessary to achieve overall desired results (missions).”

Rouillard, 2003, p. xii


Give direction

Target expected outcomes

Improve performance levels by setting specific and realistic results to achieve

Enhance teamwork through a unified purpose.

Goals clearly answer the following questions…

What is it you want to achieve?

When will the accomplishment be completed?

Who are the people involved?

How much will it cost?

What resources will be used?

Goals contain the following elements

Action verb

Measurable outcomes

Specific time frame

Resource constraints (money, time, people, equipment, space)

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Let’s look at each of these four elements individually.

Goals begin with an action verb.

Example of an action verb used to express what the desire achievement is:

Goal: To reduce the number of urinary tract infections by 50%…

Action verbs in a goal statement typically follow the word “to.”

Goals state a measurable outcome.

A goal should include a way of knowing how and when an outcome has been reached or achieved.

Example of a measurable outcome:

To reduce the number of urinary tract infections by 50% before the end of the third quarter (Oct. 1).

Goals should include a specific date and time

A specific date and time tells when the goal should be completed.


Time Management Self-Assessment Tool

Respond to each of the following statements by marking “X” in the column that best describes the frequency with which you display the behavior. Choose responses that accurately reflect your current behavior and not what your behavior should be. Consider the questions on page 2 for this week’s discussion forum.





Almost Always








1. I write a “TO DO” list to guide my daily activities.

2. I can find my important papers quickly when I need to.

3. I have a weekly, monthly, and yearly calendar that is updated.

4. Friends would say that my closets are neat and organized.

5. I have addresses alphabetized and updated for quick reference.

6. When leading a meeting, I have an agenda to distribute.

7. I arrive early or on time to scheduled meetings and appointments.

8. I check email every day and respond within 24 hours.

9. I keep a notebook handy to capture ideas and information.

10. I have an orderly workspace.