Year-end Stock-Take

Another year gone and it’s a busy time with deadlines, parties, events and personal commitments to juggle. The year-end holidays, however you celebrate, are a good opportunity to take some time out to review the past twelve months, to review your resources and make plans for the coming year.

Reflect on your personal and professional goals, identify the wins and stumbling blocks of the year just gone and think about the goals you still want to achieve. Reflection and introspection on positives, and negatives, will help you to plan realistically for the future. Plan with a positive focus.

Think about the roles and commitments that are important to you and consider where you hope to be this time next year. Try to focus on goals that are reasonable and accomplishable and ensure you are setting both big and small goals for yourself, because only work on your big goals, it can be discouraging when you don’t meet them immediately. So throw in some relatively easy goals to keep you motivated. Record and write down your goals and the steps you mean to take towards meeting them. A record helps you track progress as you cross goals off your list.

Getting organised

Life is busy and you read this sort of article every year. Some of us are better than others at planning and setting goals, some swear by planning and the rest of us just wing it. The problem is that if you are the spontaneous type or not well organised you can end up taking on too much and find you are too busy to meet your dearly held goals and aspirations.

We all know the feeling when you get to the end of the week or the month and wonder where has the time gone? There were so many things you thought to get done but the time has seemingly evaporated. There tend to be two main reasons why we find ourselves running around like headless chickens:

  • We are uncomfortable denying requests from others to take on more things (so we add to our workload unreasonably)
  • We simply don’t plan our time properly

In effect, good time management saves you bucket-loads of time which allows us to concentrate on the tasks that really matter.

Good goals

It’s not the end of world if you don’t meet all your goals and targets do try to set SMART goals:

  • This is a goal which is SPECIFIC - be clear about what you want to achieve.
  • The goal needs to be MEASURABLE, demarcate a starting point from which to monitor progress.
  • Goals should be ACHIEVABLE, stretch goals can be useful but perhaps you need to take smaller steps to start with.
  • It also has to be REALISTIC - most things are possible if we set our minds to them and focus, but consider reasonable options and alternatives.
  • TIME BOUND provides a time scale for achieving your goals.

January is a good time to re-evaluate and think about putting a fresh impetus into your job search efforts or next career move. Time to roll up your sleeves and get down to some serious career management planning.

Posted: Wednesday 12 December 2018

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