At the beginning of every year, I sit down and come up with a list of goals I would like to achieve by the end of the year, both personal and professional. Goals are important things. If you do not set goals for yourself, you really do not know where you should be heading. You are simply wandering. Write your goals down. It is impossible for me to stress that enough, WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!
If you do not write them down. It is possible you will forget about them. Then you find yourself at the end of the year wondering why you did not do all of those things you wanted to do at the beginning of the year. Also, by writing them down, you can come back to them and check your progress. I usually take a look at the goals I have set for myself at the beginning of each month and plan out how I am going to go about moving towards them. Then when I take a look at them the next month, I write down what I accomplished, and I can see what sort of progress I have made towards my goal. That way, you can tell if what you are doing is working. If it is not working, you may need to change your tactics! It also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you can see what you have done.
Tips on Setting Goals for Yourself (Professional or Personal)
- Set some goals you know you can accomplish with a reasonable amount of effort (if you set all your goals too high, you will be disappointed that you didn’t achieve them)
- Set some goals that will require a great deal of effort and perhaps a little bit of luck (if all of your goals are too easy to achieve, you won’t feel like you’ve really done anything)
- Make sure that your goals move you in the direction you really want to go
- Check in on your goals regularly, see if you are getting closer to achieving them or if you need to reconsider your methods
I hope you all have a fantastic 2013! Feel free to share some of your goals for the year in the comment section.