In 2022 we discussed setting SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. This means that when setting goals, we’re mindful to create checkpoints to that allow us to evaluate our progress. With the new year upon us. It’s a great opportunity to evaluate and plan our goals for 2023.
Use this opportunity to take time to reflect on your progress in 2022. Did you meet your quarterly or yearly goals? If not, do the goals still apply? If yes, did you make progress that contributed toward your goal? If not, how can you redefine your goal and reset to get back on track?
Assess your current situation
- Am I happy in my current role or company?
- Am I getting the most out of myself in this job?
- Can I improve my work?
- Do I earn what I am worth?
- Do I see the potential for growth in this position?
Develop a new skill
Don’t become complacent in your ambitions. Keep your skills and certifications current. Explore new ways to improve your performance, optimize your processes and operations. Identify new challenges in your job, research other departments and learn from your colleagues. Consider taking a course. Stay up to date on new opportunities to advance your career and keep your resume competitive.
Get honest feedback
Your annual review can help you get feedback from your supervisor. They’ll be able to share information about your performance and potential. You’ll be able to discuss your goals and plans together, what you want to achieve in your career and where you can improve your skills and resume. You can also consult a trusted colleague and friend to get candid advice to help you determine where you can improve and what goals to work toward.
Improve your soft skills
These skills are some of the most important professional skills that you can develop, often through experience.
- Interpersonal communication
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Emotional Intelligence
These skills are all highly sought after. Businesses require frequent flexibility and communication between teams and departments. Knowing how to effectively coordinate and collaborate with others is not only important for efficiency, but productivity and profitability.
Optimize your time
Make a list of your long-term and short-term goals. Determine what your priorities are and when the deadlines should be and work back from there. Timely goals that are realistic and measurable which will help keep you accountable and stay on track.
Expand your professional network
Get involved in your industry. From online forums, professional social platforms, events, etc. There are many avenues to build your network. As you build your network you can see what other professionals in the industry desire in your field, what opportunities are available and what news is trending.
Prioritize your personal and professional time
Being successful in your personal and professional life doesn’t mean that everything has to go right all the time, but that you can strive for harmony between your endeavors. Setting realistic goals will help you prioritize your mental health, maximize your time at work and value your time at home.