Along with the home and personal goals you may have for the upcoming year, what kind of goals have you set for your job/career? Are you flying by the seat of your pants, or maybe you feel there is no where to go in your job, so why have any goals?! When you are planning how this year is going to look work-wise, here are four things you may want to consider:
Projects & Advancement - In all jobs you have either project goals you will need to accomplish or advancement goals. Project goals are those things that you work on over a period of time until a certain task is complete, and advancement goals are those things you have to do to every day to either just keep your job or advance in it. All of us who work (this includes stay at home parents!) have those things we have to do every single day to keep things running not only smoothly, but, to keep things running better all the time. Most of our focus can seem to end up like this when we are engrossed in our daily work. Sometimes just keeping up is hard! But, in our work goals we should always try to make things smoother, better and more efficient. As you are making your work goals, think of things you can do to achieve those three things not only in your every day tasks, but, in your bigger projects as well. I think with big projects it can go either way--some of us get caught up in a big project so much that we let little, every day things go until the project is completed OR we let the project drag on and on because we are so caught up in the day to day. In your goal setting, make sure there is a balance in your day for both things. Time to find better ways to do your every day stuff, and time to work on a project (or two). If you keep things balanced, you will feel like you have control of what you need to do for your job. Just feeling like you have a handle on things can make all the difference.
Career or Job - The only difference between a job and a career is that a job may or may not last a long time, whereas a career lends itself to a long period of time working a particular job. That is it. But, the word job seems to get a negative rap. Both are used to earn money. Both are important and both can make a big difference not only in your life, but in other people's lives. Whether you are a CEO of your own company or you are working in a minimum wage job for the first time, you have the power to make it great not only in your life, but, for those you work for, interact with and help. I don't know about you, but, when I come into contact with someone, sometimes a smile makes all the difference to me in the course of my day. I assume, then, if I smile and am pleasant to others, it might make a difference in someone else's day! Is that not important? Doing our best in whatever situation we are in, is for not only our benefit, but those around us.
Change or Improve Upon Job - If you can't seem to see the benefit in whatever work you are doing, your goal may need to be to find something else to do to earn money. Each day is a gift to us. How do you use your gift at your work? If last year you spent most of your time dreading getting up and doing your job, then, either you need to change your job OR change your perspective. How can you use your job to make someone's day or change someone for the good? How can you use your job to benefit your family better and what will it take for you to get up every day this year and look for how you can be your best self, doing your best work? Maybe your goal needs to be to change the way you see things.
Vacation Plans - How much time off from work did you have last year? How did you spend it? Maybe some of your work goals need to include vacation time and how to spend it. What do you need to do to meet that goal? What will it require work wise and time wise? Those are the things you need to ask yourself as you plan your vacation goals. Maybe you will have to work overtime to have the money for a special trip or maybe you need to learn to let go of work so you can truly enjoy that down time. We all need time to step away and refresh ourselves so that we can be our best at home and at work, so set those vacation goals too!
Only you know what work goals you need to set. Let's face it, all of us need time to re-evaluate our lives in our workplace at well, don't you think?
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker Photo Credit: Green Chameleon