Two types of goals to know about when setting targets

Author: Charlotte Mitchell

Why setting goals are important

It’s a well-known fact that setting goals for ourselves helps us better achieve our study targets. It is why we have new year’s resolutions, and why we are advised to have a list of targets we want to accomplish in a set amount of time. These can be applied to any part of our life, be it studying, work or our personal lives. It also provides a benchmark against which we can measure our success.

Direct and indirect goals

A lesser known fact is that there are actually two types of goals that you can set for yourself. These are direct and indirect goals. A direct goal means no one can veto your decision or action. It has an immediate impact on your life. An indirect goal means it’s something that occurs as a result of your actions. For example, say you wanted to lose weight. An indirect goal would be to lose 10lbs. You can’t immediately lose 10lbs, instead it occurs as a result of eating healthier, or exercising more. Alternatively, you could set the goal to go to the gym three times a week. This is a direct goal, and something you can actively go and do.

Goal setting when studying

This can be applied to studying. Say you wanted to do better at a subject. You can set either a direct or indirect goal to help you achieve this. A direct goal would be to do an hour of studying a night – an action you can control. An indirect goal would be to get at least 75% on a test. This is a result of other actions you perform.
The type of goal you set changes how you go about achieving it and how you subsequently measure your success.


Let us know if you set direct or indirect goals in the comments below!

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