Career Advice

How to Create and Meet Workplace Goals

Job Reactor 24 September, 2018

If you’re trying to build a career, it’s natural that you want to set workplace goals for yourself. Unfortunately, the desire to set and achieve goals isn’t enough to actually do it. Here’s a great template you can use for actually creating and meeting workplace goals.

1. Consider Your Job Role

Your short-term goals should fall within the parameters of your current job role. Avoid setting goals that fall within your boss’s job function or a colleague’s. In other words, set goals that you can personally accomplish within the purview of your current position.

2. Think About Where You Want to Go

Next, make a mental map of your career trajectory. Where do you want to be in the next few years? Set one or two long-term goals for your career and keep them in mind when you set your short-term goals. The short-term goals will act as stepping stones toward your long-term plan.

3. Make a List of Weekly Action Items

Avoid making a daily list for goals. The reason is that unforeseen things will always happen to make you fail at fulfilling that daily list. Then you’ll feel like you can’t get it all done. Instead, for each short-term goal, make a weekly action item. The summation of all those actions should make you achieve that goal. If the goal is larger, make it a two-week action item list. As you accomplish each task for a goal, check it off that weekly list.

4. Make a Long-Term Action Item List

Next, make a long-term list for long-term goals. These action items might not get checked off for months because these are the stepping stones toward long-term career goals.

Remember to be realistic about how much you can accomplish in one day. This organized and practical system will allow you to create and achieve workplace goals.