Before your next performance review, sit down and set your
own goals, so you’re prepared and have actionable items ready to go. This is always
a great way to impress your boss! Your objectives should be a balance between
supporting your company’s mission and helping you grow in your career. If the goals
you’re setting don’t do one of those two things, then they won’t be helpful to
you, and you’ll be less likely to follow through with them.
Setting goals sounds easy, but achieving them can be more
difficult. Follow these tips to make sure you choose objectives you know you
1. Understand your coworkers
It’s essential to know and understand the functions of
everyone on your team and their relationships. This will help you choose
objectives that not only help you be more productive but also help your whole group
be more efficient. This way, you’ll be able to create goals that will better
support your colleagues.
2. Try to make your boss’s job easier
It might not be explicitly written in your job description,
but you should try to make your boss’s life easier. Before you write your
goals, sit down with your supervisor, and ask them what you can do to make
their job easier. They’ll appreciate the fact that you’re proactive so they can
get back to bigger picture projects.
You can’t control everything, especially if you’re setting
goals that rely on other people or other departments. When you’re creating a
plan for meeting your targets, have a clear outline for how you can achieve the
goals you can control and have a strong communication plan for those that rely
on other people.
4. Think about your long-term career goals
Just because you’re writing objectives to achieve in your
current job during the upcoming year, doesn’t mean you can’t think about your
long-term career aspirations in the process. Figure out what skills and
accomplishments you need to take the next step in your career. Write goals that
help you gain those skills.
Think beyond your daily tasks and your job description. You
can add educational opportunities to your goals because continued learning can
help you expand your responsibilities, which will help the company grow and
will help you move forward in your career.
6. Make your goals SMART
The best way to help you achieve your goals is to create
SMART ones. SMART objectives are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant,
and time-bound. Make sure that it’s realistic to complete these tasks during
the time limit you set. Consider breaking some larger tasks into smaller goals
to make them more manageable and realistic.
7. Review previous goals
Pull out your objectives from last year and look at what you
completed and what went unfinished. If you didn’t achieve all of them,
determine why. Was it because your job description changed, and they were no
longer relevant? Were they too lofty, and it just wasn’t possible to complete
them in time? Look at the ones you were able to accomplish. Did they help you
grow? Did they help your company grow?
Use last year’s goals as a starting point for this year’s.
If you couldn’t complete an objective during the previous year because it was
bigger than you thought it would be, set that goal again this year, but break
it up into more manageable pieces.