2015 – Professional Goals

This section of goals will probably be vague as I try and keep myself anonymous, so I’m sorry about that… I would like to think that I am pretty successful at my job. I think I do an okay job, but there is always room for improvement and I definitely need to work on my skill at procrastination. So without any further ado, my professional goals for 2015:

1. Write my Exam.
To get to the next level in my chosen career, I need to write an exam. I’ve been putting it off for probably a couple years now, as it takes some commitment to sign up, prep all my documentation and study the material. I’ve been using the excuse that I have been too busy with work to do it, but that really is just an excuse and it is time to get on it. There is an exam in January, but I feel that it would be too tight, so I’m going to do the one that is scheduled in April. I will make myself a schedule in January to get all my documentation completed and to plan out my study time as well.

2. Be more productive at work.
Along with my excuses and procrastinating, I’m not very good at being focused until it is crunch time or I’ve already missed a deadline. But, if I could be more productive at work on a regular basis, I wouldn’t have those stressful crunch time cram sessions, and would probably enjoy my work more. I will work out a more detailed plan for this one and post it next week before I go back to work after the holidays.

3. Learn more about the subjects relating to my job.
I do a lot of learning on the job, and a lot of my experiences in my work do teach me a bunch, but as I mentioned in my first post, I don’t want to just sit by and have things happen to me, I want to be mindful and aware of what I am doing, and work to be better. So, with that in mind, I want to take the time to expand my knowledge base by reading books, articles and other publications relating to my work. My goal, read one text of some sort per month (12 total for 2015). Obviously, with my plan to study for my exam in April, I will be reading a few texts for that, which I will totally count for this as well.

I am sure that I could come up with more, but I’ll keep it at three. This is my first year making goals, so I don’t want to get overly ambitious and then just fail. After all, SMART goals are supposed to be attainable and realistic, right?

Do you have any job related goals for the new year?

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