The college I attended didn’t work on grades. It worked on a contract system. The contract could say lots of things, but mainly it was you stating your goals for the coming semester. And the contract could be negotiated, but only after you’d made some sort of effort in the proper direction.
I’m out of college but I’ve kept up with the contract system. My friend and I generally write a contract at least once a year. It’s a good way to keep moving and not let yourself stagnate. You get to take some time and ask yourself, “What do I want to do with myself? What do I want to change?” And then you get to change it (or take steps to change it, or change it and then realize that it never needed changing in the first place and change it back).
So far I’ve come up with a few things for my first quarter contract:
-drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
-take the stairs instead of the elevator
-eat a salad every day
-write to my grandmother every week
-plan more kayaking trips
-check out the local arts scene and look into shows to enter
-loose 10 lbs
-reorganize my closet, room, bathroom and garage
And to keep myself going, I’ll be recording my process on the Joe’s Goals website (www.joesgoals.com)