Setting Work Goals to Take You #AboveandBeyond in 2018

There’s no better time than the start of a new year to make a commitment to being the best employee that you can be. Going #AboveandBeyond at the office can boost your outlook, help you stand out among peers and open opportunities for higher positions, interesting assignments and greater responsibilities. The key to success lies in the ability to set and reach attainable goals. Maximize your potential with these goal-setting tips:

Make Goals 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.

Focus on the Controllable – For every goal you set, there are bound to be factors that are out of your hands. Outcome goals, such as “get a promotion” or “earn a raise” are nice objectives, but they rely too much other people and external circumstances. Instead, focus on performance goals, such as “complete all assignments ahead of deadline,” “learn a new software program” or “attend one networking session per month.” These types of goals can be broken down into smaller, achievable steps and provide motivation to keep on achieving.

Put It in Writing – The physical act of writing down or typing a goal makes it real and tangible. Use the goal sheet below to help organize your thoughts and prioritize your goals. Once complete, print and 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!

Add in Accountability – Personal success often translates into greater team success, so there’s no reason to keep your goals to yourself! Enlist a colleague to help keep you accountable to the goals you set, and schedule regular check-ins to report on progress. If you find yourself slipping, you can also use this time to brainstorm solutions to get back on track.