January is the perfect time for you to plan out your goals for the year ahead. Here are my top tips to making sure 2019 is your most successful yet.
1. Set Specific Goals That Motivate You
Motivation is the key to achieving your goals. If you are not really interested in the outcome, or they don’t feature in your “bigger picture” the chances of you putting in the work to achieve them is slim
Set fewer goals with more reward. If you set too many goals then you leave yourself little time to devote to each one. You need to have a “I must do this” attitude, if you have goals that are not as important to you, or are overwhelmed by their number, you are simply going to end up demotivated, disappointed and frustrated. Top tip is to choose the right goal and write it down why it is important to you and use it as self-motivation if and when you doubt yourself or lose focus.
2. SMART Goals
Most people have heard of SMART goals, but do you actually use them. They are not just a tool to be written about in your yearly review and never put into practice.
Put simply all your goals should be:-
Your goals should be clear. Goals that are vague or to general won’t provide you enough direction. E.g. “Learn to use Revit”
If you don’t have a way to measure your degree success how will you know if you have achieved it? E.g. “Achieve over 75% on Revit Test”
While you should resist the urge to set goals that are too easy to achieve (after all, we are all trying for self-improvement right?) goals that are completely unattainable.
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you'll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you'll fritter your time – and your life – away
Your goals should always have a deadline. Deadlines should always be realistic, but should increase the sense of urgency to complete the goals.
Think of the deadline as a way of keeping you on track and focused.
The perfect goal is one that is realistic yet still challenging, example - “learning Revit and achieving 75% on a Revit test within the next 6 months” could be achievable, while “learning Revit and becoming a BIM manager within the next 2 months” may not be so achievable”
3. Write them down!
Writing down your goals makes them more tangible, studies have found that people who write their goals down are 42% more likely to achieve them! Make sure you are using positive language “I will learn Revit” rather than “I would like to learn Revit”.
4. Make an Action Plan
An easily forgotten yet incredibly important part of achieving your goals. Write down your “road map” of how you will achieve your goal and then cross of each one as you complete them. Think of them as mini goals! Example - Learn Revit
1) Attend Revit Course
2) Get Revit license
3) Practice at home (lots!)
4) Complete live projects in Revit
5) Complete online Revit test
5. Stick With It!
Some goals can take a while, but don’t be disheartened. Keep reminding yourself WHY you set this as a goal in the first place and if you keep going there should be no reason why you will not achieve them.
Kate Drever - Recruitment Consultant