Setting Goals for the Last Month of the Year

The end of the year is approaching, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel – especially at the office. There’s still plenty of time to make significant strides in the workplace, and with a renewed commitment and focus, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in one month. Use the following tips from Boise Paper to set “smart” goals for yourself and ensure you finish the year strong.

  • Make Them Motivating – While it’s easy to come up with professional goals that sound good, if your heart’s not in it, you’re much less likely to achieve it – no matter how good it may look on a self-review. To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it's valuable and important to you. You can use this statement to help you if you start to doubt yourself or lose confidence in your ability to achieve your goal.
  • Be S.M.A.R.T. – Once you have goals in mind, it’s time to add in some structure and accountability. One popular goal-setting method is the S.M.A.R.T. system. To make your goal S.M.A.R.T., it needs to conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
    • Specific – Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don't provide sufficient direction. Make your goals clear and well defined. For example, turn a goal of “increasing business” into something specific, such as “obtain three new customers in December.”
    • Measureable – Include precise amounts, dates and figures in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. Otherwise, how will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
    • Attainable – Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be realistic, and make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set.
    • Relevant – Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your career to take. While a goal of learning any new skill is admirable, irrelevant goals distract your focus and won’t help you get to where you want to be.
    • Timely – Deadlines serve as the kick-in-the-pants that you need when motivation or energy is lacking, and provide a sense of urgency. They also hold you accountable and help determine if and when the goal is met.
  • Put It in Writing – The physical act of writing down or typing a goal makes it real and tangible. Print your goal and be sure to position it prominently in your office in order to keep it top of mind. This is not a document to be folded or filed away. Instead, use a high-quality paper such as Boise POLARIS® Premium Multipurpose paper to add an extra sense of significance and credibility. Even if you fall short, you should be proud of your goals and your efforts to achieve them!