5 Steps To Setting Your 2019 Career Goals Right

Posted by | 9 January, 2019 | Strategy

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New Year, new you, new career? How many of you think this way? Well, if you’re unhappy with anything about your professional life, January is your month to get your big change plan in motion. There are twelve months ahead of you so make the most of them.

But what if you don’t know how to start? Don’t worry - with your success in mind,  today we’ll show you how to make it all happen. Whatever it is, big or small, you can make it real by following these simple 5 steps.

Step 1: Find Your Pain Point

You won’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re starting. Think about what exactly makes you feel unhappy or unsuccessful. This could be anything, from your current position to low payment. It could be too long commute or really, really ugly office you’ve got to work in.

All these things can be changed with more or less drastic steps. So long you know what pains you, you’re good to set out on a journey to a better workplace.

Step 2: Identify The Necessary Changes

And now that you know what you hate most, you’re about to envision the result. What is that you’re after? What changes would have to happen for you to finally feel accomplished, satisfied and happy?

The desired result and the changes that lead to it have to be crystal clear for you. It’s like following a map somewhere - you have to know the route to reach your destination.

Step 3: Divide Your Goals Into Long and Short Term

While there are (nearly) full twelve months at your disposal, you should hardly put your focus on what’s going to happen in November. But yes, you should be aware that SOMETHING will definitely happen there. You’re just yet to define it.

Divide your goals into long and short term. This way you will know what project will take several weeks or months and a lot of effort. Doing this will clearly set it aside from things that can be completed quickly.

Remember, approaching long and short term goals is totally different. Don’t mistake these two as you plan your 2019 career goals.

Step 4: Go Detailed

With your career goals chosen and labeled correctly as long or short term, you now have to plan your path. And you have to be detailed about it because it’s easy to get lost and forget your course in the everyday buzz.

Long term goals will naturally have more steps and milestones than short term ones, but you  follow the same pattern for both. Make sure you are as detailed as you can get. Write down the actions that you need to take, one by one.

Then again  - don’t go too far in the future, especially in case of the long term  goals. Plan nearest three steps you have to take.

Step 5: Set a Reminder and Review Often

While it’s hard to believe, we often fail to complete our career goals not because we fail at them, but because we get drawn away.

It’s easy to get lost in all the day-to-day duties you have. That’s why it’s mandatory to have some sort of a reminder that will keep in loop. It can be goal-dedicated notebook, an app or even a sticky note.

Revise your progress often. It’s important that you know what has been done and what still needs to be done. And remember to be honest with yourself - sugar-coating your progress and making excuses won’t ever let you succeed.

Take It With you

Whether your 2019 career goals are big or small, they’re all worth taking up the challenge. This five-step approach is all you need to get it right but you’ve got to devote yourself to your cause. Detailed planning and knowing just where you’re headed, followed by taking action is your recipe for success. It’s that simple!

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