It’s a new year, and with a new year comes new goals. What is it you really want to do? Snag a new job? Change careers entirely? Get a promotion? Or maybe you just want to be happier and healthier than you were last year.
When it comes to goals, nothing is too big or too small. It all depends on what you personally want to accomplish. Here’s how to kick things off.
- Start with lists
If you’re not sure what you want your goals to be this year that’s totally okay! It’s still early, and you have plenty of time to decide. One way to help narrow down what you really want is by making lists.
For example, you can make a list for what you want to accomplish at your current job, a list for what you want out of your career, a list for what you enjoy doing at work, etc. Once your lists are done, look for any crossover in your different lists to help make great goals.
- Make your goals specific
Once you’ve narrowed your picks down to a few goals, it’s time to make those as specific and achievable as possible. For example, if one of your goals is “get a promotion this year,” making that more specific would lead to “get a promotion in my current position by July 3 this year.” Assigning a deadline to your goals makes them more achievable because you have to have a plan to meet a specific deadline.
- Break your goals down
Once you’ve got a specific goal, you’ll want to break that goal down into bite-size chunks. If you want to get a promotion this year, how do you achieve that? By completing projects at an excellent level, talking to your boss about your goal, expanding your skillset, etc. You want to outline everything possible so you can check off tasks as the year goes on.
- Have a support network
Once you have your goal planned, go over it with your friends or family. Making your goals known to your support network makes you more accountable. And you’ll have them to check in with and see how their goals are going as well.
Do you already have goals for this year? Let us know in the comments section below!