What would you like to accomplish in the new year? If setting and achieving your 2020 career goals tops your do-to list, you’ll need a strategy. Here are five tips to help you succeed.
Start with a Stretch Goal
Most likely, you have an ambition in mind. (That’s why you’re reading this article.) Don’t be afraid to think big, or at least bigger than turn in my work on time. Consider something that motivates you, gets you excited and has long-term benefits. Maybe you would like to earn a degree or professional certificate? Maybe you would like to find a better paying job? Or, maybe you would like to move into management?
Do Your Homework
You know where you want to go. Now, how do you get there? Research all the steps involved. For instance, if you want to go back to school, call local colleges and/or trade schools. Ask questions such as, “What courses will I need to earn a degree/certificate?”, “When are the courses offered?”, “What is the time commitment per course?” and “How much will this cost?”
Break Your Stretch Goal into Smaller S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Stretch goals don’t happen overnight. They require lots of little steps. Let’s say your goal is to find a better paying job. You’ll probably need to rewrite your resume, search for job openings, send out applications, rehearse for interviews and practice your negotiation skills. To stay on track, make sure your subgoals are S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound). In this example, you could clarify the first step as follows:
Specific: Update my resume with recent accomplishments.
Measurable: Ask at least three people to read and give me feedback on my work.
Achievable: Set aside two hours per week until the project is complete.
Realistic: Work on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8-9 pm.
Time-Bound: Complete by Dec. 31.
Record Your Plan
Writing down your goals, instead of just thinking of them, keeps you honest. It’s harder to cheat when you have a record of your plan. In his book, Smarter Faster Better, author Charles Duhigg recommends, placing your overarching ambition (or stretch goal) at the top of the page. Then, underneath describe your subgoals and all their S.M.A.R.T. components.
Track Your Progress
Make your career goals an ongoing priority by putting your plan somewhere you will see it every day. This may be a whiteboard hanging in your office, a printout on your refrigerator or even the background screen on your phone or computer. And, stay motivated by keeping score. You could give yourself grades, like A+ and B-, or color code using green (doing well), yellow (falling behind) and red (missed deadline).
Are You Setting and Achieving Your 2020 Career Goals?
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