Setting Goals At Work – 5 Things You Plan to Accomplish This Year

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It’s the traditional time to set goals that will stretch and challenge you on the job throughout the year. The question is, how do you avoid the New Year’s Resolution syndrome of diligently tackling your goals for awhile then eventually neglecting them? One way is to keep them manageable and to focus on five things you plan to accomplish this year. Here are some effective approaches to that will help you organize and focus on tackling your five goals.

Ramping Up

Expecting the most from yourself is essential to reaching your goals. High expectations set top performers apart from those who are content to be average. However, expecting too much too soon can have adverse effects on your continuing motivation. Consider exercising. When you begin running, lifting weights or swimming you start out small and build up. You gradually ramp up your exercise regimen until you’re performing at peak level. Breaking your plans down into manageable increments allows you to properly pace yourself and gradually increase your workload. It’s best to strike a balance between making things too easy to achieve and biting off an impossible amount that is more than you can chew.

Establish Deadlines

No matter how attainable something seems, setting a deadline for achieving your personal goals is a must. One trick toward achieving things in a timely manner is to describe the desired outcome and the action steps you’re going to take to achieve that goal. For example, let’s say you want to get a promotion at work. You decide that taking on a new high-profile project will get you noticed and rewarded. But you’re not sure where you’ll find the time. An action step toward your goal of getting promoted would be to respond to all of your e-mails in the morning to free your attention to focus on the project.

Create Goals

Writing down your goals makes them tangible and puts them on the front burner where you can’t overlook them. Another effective method is to tell someone about your specific goals. This creates healthy social pressure to achieve them. Surrounding yourself with supportive people who want you to achieve what you want for yourself is a good strategy. To be totally committed to achieving something you have to have positive influences around you that will stand in the face of obstacles you’ll encounter along the way.

Team Goals

Team members work better when they believe in a common goal, know why they are working on it, and understand how it connects to the big picture. Aligning your goals with others means clearly communicating and being as specific as possible. For example, instead of saying group members will conduct phone research, the goal should be each group members will make three research calls a day. Meet with your boss to establish criteria and be certain you are on the same page as the rest of your team. If you don’t buy into your superior’s stated goal, you will have a hard time working with the proper attitude and conviction. When you’re working with a team, flexibility becomes more important. Being firm may change over time so that you have to adapt, adjust strategies and evolve as you progress.

Reward Yourself

Rewards are a downplayed aspect of achieving goals, but they shouldn’t be. Rewarding yourself when you meet your deadlines is a good incentive and follows the desired outcome approach. The goal is to get the proposal you’ve been working on completed so you can treat yourself to a massage (this is the desired outcome). Even when you feel like you don’t need rewards anymore, don’t neglect them. They give closure and solidify the fact that you achieved what you set out to do.

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