Are you prepared to reach your career goals in 2021? Perfect!
Taking the time to write a solid, documented plan to accomplish your career goals will keep you focused and target achieving your aspirations.
Writing down your goals will help you execute them to ensure you don’t fall short of your career vision and aspirations.
First off, have you paid much thought yet as to what you’d like to achieve?
Procrastinating on goal setting, not only robs you of proper research and forward planning, it often leads to rushed and unfocused steps that aren’t in alignment with your real aspirations. This is why the best time to create goals is when you have time to really think.
2021 Career Goals – Key Points to Put Your Career Plan in Motion
Grab a coffee, pen, paper, or whatever you need to get started on this vital step in your life and career.
1. Set Realistic, Specific, and Measurable Career Goals
You will need to have a vision, daily goals, strategic year plan and use many of your characteristics. Many studies have shown a direct correlation between setting specific career goals and finding tremendous success.
- Goal setters are shown to be more productive because their goals keep them accountable.
- Goal setting helps you identify what you want to accomplish and what you need to do to get there.
2. The End of Your Life Reflection Question
When envisioning yourself at the end of your life, what will you have wanted to accomplish?
- When developing your goals, start from the end goal and work backward.
- Write down the 3-5 main points that come to mind.
- This exercise will help you determine what is most important to you and the main goals you should be working toward this year.
3. Reflect on Your Past Career Achievements
Take some time to think back in 2018 and what your job achievements were – write them down.
- How far you’ve come can help you to figure out where you want to go next in your career.
- Self-reflection is a great activity for growth. And while we are talking about development, don’t miss this in-depth blog post on incorporating a growth mindset in the classroom.
4. What Do You Value in Your Career And Personal Life?
To set lasting career goals, you need to know what’s important to you in life. If you are unhappy with your job, it’s time to take steps to change your career dissatisfaction.
- Aligning your career goals with your values is important.
- When your goals match your values, you will get more enjoyment from achieving them.
5. Be Ambitious
- Be enthusiastic about what you want to achieve.
- You can’t expect to reach great things if you don’t allow yourself to dream.
- It’s okay to dream big – it is okay if people don’t think you can do it – prove them wrong.
- Dream big without talking yourself out of it – don’t get discouraged.
6. Set Goals that Are SMART
SMART refers to goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and have a timeline.
Specific: the goal should be precise and descriptive
Measurable: can the result of reaching the goal be measured?
Achievable: is the goal realistic?
Realistic: Does the goal fit into your overall career aspirations?
Time Frame: Are there milestones throughout the goal process? Is there a set deadline?
7. Be Specific When Writing Your Career Goals
If the goal you set is too broad, you will be much harder to achieve it. It needs to be specific and descriptive.
- Be specific about your career aspirations and professional goals that you’ve set.
- For instance, just saying that you want a new job or a different career path is not nearly specific enough to know where you should start to achieve that.
- If you don’t know how to make your goal more specific, then perhaps it’s time to brainstorm and reflect on what you want. Once you have a concrete end goal, it will be much easier to figure out the plan to get there.
8. Understand Your Motivation for Each Career Goal
You will more likely commit to your goal if you fully understand the purpose of setting the target in the first place.
- Identify the motivation behind the goal.
- Ask yourself: why is it important for you to achieve this goal?
- Ask yourself: why do you want to achieve this goal?
9. Break Your Career or Personal Goals Down
Your goal can be significant, but break it down into manageable chunks to keep it from becoming overwhelming.
- If your goal is to rejuvenate your education career to enjoy your personal and professional life, then document the steps you will take. It will happen by taking small steps daily.
- Break up the large goal into smaller chunks to keep you motivated and help you feel always progressing toward your goal.
- Prioritize what needs to be completed when to accomplish the larger goal within your time frame.
10. Share Your 2021 Career Goals
Once you share your goals with others, they will become more real.
- Write down your goals.
- Tell others about your goals.
- Once you’ve told others about your goals, you will be made more committed and accountable to them.
Set yourself regular reminders via an app or a calendar to keep you accountable, motivated, and on track.
11. Make a Plan
Do you know what steps you’ll take to start the process?
- Write out a plan or a to-do list to help you get closer to achieving your goals.
- Figure out what you need to do to get started on the right path.
12. Assess the Risks of Accomplishing Your Goals
Identify any obstacles that might get in your way of achieving your goals.
- Don’t expect everything to go perfectly – be as proactive as you can.
- Figure out what may go wrong, so you’ll be better prepared to deal with any possible hiccups along the way.
- You may need to be flexible and come up with alternative ways of doing things.
13. Identify Your Resources
What courses, people, or websites, etc., can help you achieve your goal?
- If you are starting from square one towards your goal, it can seem daunting. So it can be constructive to find out what resources you have at your disposal to help you get started.
- You might be able to get help or advice from a mentor, colleague, career coach, family member, friend, or online professional social networks.
- Do you need to take a course, seminar, or go back to school to get a different degree?
- How about updating and targeting your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
- If you are an educator, there are many career and education job search tips and resources available.
Reading books or blogs can ignite your enthusiasm and gain knowledge to obtain your 2020 career goal.
Additionally, you are not the first person who has tried to accomplish your goal. Look to online resources or people in your network who have gone through what you’re doing. There is a lot that you can learn from these resources.
14. Set a Reasonable Time Frame
Make your action plan even more formidable by setting it to a time frame.
- According to statistics, people are more productive when they are working towards a written deadline.
- Consider how long each step toward your primary goal will take, and then set a due date next to each one.
15. Stay Motivated
Achieving your 2021 career goals should be your motivation. It is the driving force that propels you forward. What is your motivator? More money, time off, respect on the job, an opportunity for advancement, or smaller class sizes?
- Ensure you have a support network. Lean on your friends and family. It can do wonders to help you through tough times.
- Even though you should carve out some time each day to work towards your goal, don’t forget to have fun and give yourself a healthy break when necessary. These will help you recharge so you can refocus and stay motivated.
- Pick different places to work. Have you thought of researching an international teaching job?
- If you’re bored with continuously working in your home office, why not take things to a coffee shop or the library or wherever you might be more motivated to get things done.
16. Stay Focused in 2021
Identify your priorities to help you spend your time wisely and on the right tasks.
- Track your efforts to minimize the time spent on tasks that don’t contribute to your goals.
- By staying focused on the task at hand, you will accomplish more, more quickly.
- Ensure your workspace is organized to help you focus
- Eliminate outside distractions – including technology and social media.
- Stick to your to-do list.
- If you are actively looking for a job, make sure you are organized.
17. Hold Yourself Accountable
Hold yourself accountable for the goals you’ve set for yourself.
- Make sure your goals are achievable within a realistic time frame.
- Make sure to accomplish something every single day toward attaining your goal.
- Don’t let yourself lose momentum by slacking off on your progress; it’s tough to regain momentum once lost.
- Don’t forget to reward yourself for your efforts; if it’s all work and no fun, it will get old fast.
18. Reward Your Efforts
When you’ve completed specific actions or steps towards your 2020 goal, reward yourself.
- Rewards will help to keep you motivated.
- Make the reward match each milestone’s difficulty – a larger prize for a more challenging step in the process.
- Just like deadlines keep you accountable, working toward an award is a great motivator to keep you on track.
19. Evaluate and Fine Tune Your Carer Progress in 2021
It’s important to consistently check in with yourself to see how you are progressing.
- Evaluate your progress.
- Assess which areas of your plan are working and which areas might need to be tweaked.
- Make any necessary adjustments to keep yourself on track and to progress.
20. Reach out to Mentor or Accountability Buddy
Enlist a mentor or friend to keep you accountable to achieve your career goals.
- Just like a workout partner or personal trainer can help you get in shape, having a mentor or accountability buddy helps you with your career goals.
- A friend or mentor can offer you help, support, and encouragement.
- They can support you to help you keep accountable.
- Speak with them once a week or so to discuss your progress and keep you going.
- It’s nice to have someone to share your journey with and discuss the ups and downs.
Focus on the reward, and don’t fall behind on your career goals.
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Don’t procrastinate on your 2021 career goals.
Now it is your turn. What are your goals, and what is your plan to achieve them?