Set a few key goals
Like to do lists we are all tempted to come up with a long list of goals. But remember that achieving a goal requires investment of time, energy, effort and maybe money. In a 52 week year you can only achieve so much, so choose wisely when it comes to goals.
List all of the things you need to do to achieve your goals
The goal is the outcome you want, for example, get promoted, complete a professional qualification, deliver a major business project to time and budget to name just a few.
Achievement of the goal or outcome requires you to do many things. Let’s illustrate this by looking at getting promoted. You might need to:
As you can see the list can become very large very quickly hence the suggestion that you focus on a few key goals.
Measure your progress regularly
Ever heard the phrase what gets measured gets done? When you start actively tracking progress you will be amazed at the progress you make.
Set up some accountability
There is something really powerful about having to report back on your progress to someone else. Some view it as a negative thing but it definitely does not need to be. Simply let someone know what you plan to do and get them to ask you for a regular update in the progress you are making.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.