Is it too early to be thinking about your professional goals for next year? I don’t think so. If you’re anything like me, the first few weeks of January are so hectic with back to work and school, new projects at the office and the general downer from the holidays that I don’t have the focus to spend January planning out my next 12 months.
So let’s make a start now, shall we?
I’ve put together a free 9-page workbook to help give you clarity on your goals and where you want to go in your career over the coming year. In fact, I recommend that you only focus on the first six months, because it’s hard to plan a whole year at a time. You don’t know what projects will come up at work (or be cancelled). Management teams change. You might get a new job. Let’s not limit ourselves to fixing everything at once, when you never know what fantastic opportunities might open themselves up later.
Once you’ve got the workbook, you can fill it in every six months if you like.
Confession -> I only did it once last year because I’m lazy like that. Do what is best for you. No one is going to know.
I know lots of people who talk about building a career they love. I’m one of them. I know it’s within my reach, and I’m still working towards it. I do love my job, but I struggle with work/life balance.
If you want to create a career you love, AND have work/life balance you can. But it takes a little bit of thought and planning. This year started well for me and then by Quarter 2 I was struggling to keep up with my goals because I am so bad at saying No. Fingers crossed this year will be better!
What’s Inside the Workbook
- In Step #1 you look at last year and how that went for you
- In Step #2 you write down your goals (because writing something down makes it more likely to happen, right?)
- In Step #3 you set boundaries for how you are going to achieve those goals
- In Step #4 you define what help you need to get there
- In Step #5 you plan what action you need to take next to help move you closer to the goals you set in Step #2.
How to Get the Workbook
I am moving many of my paid-for ebooks and templates over to a new shop system. It’s working really well. That’s where you will find the career planner. Scroll through and look for the white cover (like in the picture) and you’ll see it’s free to download. It’s normally at the top as it’s one of my most popular downloads!
How to Use the Workbook
It’s a digital file – it’s a PDF. You can either print it out and fill it in (which is what I have done), or you can fill it in electronically and save a copy on your computer.
All the instructions and notes on how to use it are inside. However, if you want to skip a section, write more, cross out the headings and make it your own, then do. It’s got to be helpful for you. It’s not like I’m going to be checking up on you – it will be up to you to hold yourself accountable.
I keep a print out with my scribbled notes in the filing trays on my desk. I don’t read it often, but about twice a year I’ll pull it out and see if I’m on track or not. Looking over last year’s I was on track with some things like my goals for my blog and my professional involvement in projects, and failing miserably on keeping up with my target of one massage a month and a better work/life balance!
Still, better to try than not to try at all!
To your career success!