It’s THAT time of year again – the time for New Year’s Resolutions. Now what kind of careers blogger would I be if I didn’t bring some advice to you on this one?!
In the working world, the best time of year to set your goals is probably around your performance review, however, if that hasn’t happened or if it was too rushed, now is a good time to start – or even a good time to re-visit those goals.
Taking the time to figure out what you want to achieve next year means you can go into the year ahead with a clear road map to your success.
To help you create that roadmap, you can download your own goal-setting guide free here.
This includes a form for you to fill out with a set of questions to help you think about the year just been, your strengths and areas of improvements, in order to set your goals for next year.
To give you a sneak preview of the e-resource, here are some questions to help you make your goals:
- Where are you now?
- What were your biggest achievements/highlights of the year just been?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How can you improve on those weaknesses?
- Where do you want to be in one year?
- Where does your boss/manager think you could be in the next year?
Goals are hugely important, they help us to understand what we want from life and what we wish to achieve. Without them, how do you know where you’re going?
Though I am talking about career related goals here, personal goals are also incredibly beneficial too. The two really go hand-in-hand. This is largely because many goals come back to monetary savings – whether you want to save for a house, start your own business or take a year off to go travelling – a lot of it comes down to your salary and how to continuously move up that career ladder and earn more.
For me, goals are a great way of keeping my ambition fuelled. We all have days where we question why we are doing things and might feel like we aren’t getting any where, but if you check in your resolutions it can be great reminder of how far you’ve come and to see where you want to go. They are a great tool for formulating a plan.
They are also a way for you to track your progress. You can look back and see all that you’ve achieved and feel pleased with where you are so far. Don’t fret if you’re haven’t completed everything on your list or even anything at all – take that as a sign that you need to rethink what you’re doing and your current strategy. Perhaps you set them too high and you put too much pressure on yourself, or perhaps you’re unhappy in your job or perhaps you got sidetracked by new opportunities. Consider everything from the past year and really think hard about where you want to be and use that to create your next plan.
For more information on goal setting, check out my post about the importance of them with more tips.
Have you set your goals for next year? Please share in the comments below!