9 answers
Updated Viewed 1164 times Translate

How do you set up short-term goals?

I am unsure how to set up a desire to accomplish simple planning. #engineering #aviation #japan #athletic-training #computer-games #university-teaching #motivational-speaking #undecided

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you
100% of 9 Pros

9 answers

Updated Translate

Lionel’s Answer

In order to do that you want to make sure it's a smart goal.

S. - Specific:

M. - Measurable:

A. – Assignable:

R. - Realistic:

T. – Time based:

In other words when you set a goal you had to ensure it was specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time based. Please refer to this link for an excellent example :)

100% of 1 Pros
Updated Translate

Darrell’s Answer

I completely agree with the previous answers. Your short term goals should bring you closer to achieving your long term aims.
A good way to do this is by planning weekly. Each week, set yourself one goal you want to achieve that will help you move closer to each of your long term objectives. Then book time in your daily schedule dedicated to achieving those goals. Review your progress at the end of each day and at the end of each week. And don't forget to reward yourself for achieving steps towards your goals.

Updated Translate

sumeet’s Answer

As I could understand till now is that nobody is aware of their goal so everyone find some activity as their goal, by the time they realize that they have done nothing or some feel they have done something and still they will not be happy, because they know they've not done what they are suppose to do, but they also don't know what they are suppose to do, so everyone in their lifetime they couldn't understand and become aware of their goal, which everyone seriously actively doing it and don't recognize it and that goal is to live longer and not to die. The day they realize it the world becomes more beautiful and life will be filled with full happiness and understands life supports life.

Updated Translate

Peter’s Answer

Determine what you want to achieve.
Break down how you will get there.
Write it down.
Make it stick.
Do one thing every day that brings you closer to your goals.

Updated Translate

Kelly’s Answer

Ultimately, your short term goals should align with your long term goals. Like my dad always says, "If you don't know where you're going, any road can get you there." I never really understood that until after college.

The way that I personally develop short term goals is by starting to think about where I want to be by the end of my life. This can be a very vague goal, such as "happily retired without fear of running out of money." Then I think of where I want to be by the end of my career. Then where you want to be in 15 years, and so on until you work your way down to where you would like to be 3-5 years from now. Work your way backwards.

Once you have your 3-5 year goal figured out, it's time to plan for the short term. What milestones do you need to hit to reach your goals? For example, when I graduated college, I knew that I wanted to get my PE license within 5 years. So I looked at how to get there. You might have to do some research. I had to figure out when I could take the test (required 2-4 years of experience depending on your state), how much it cost, what kind of assistance my employer would provide, how much I would need to study to pass, etc. Then set out a timeline and milestones you need to pass. For me, I had to start applying to take the test nearly 6 months out from the date. Then I started studying 3 months out. Then I had to make plans for traveling to the test center and making sure I had all my references prepared.

Besides the logistics of the test, I had to make sure that what I was doing in my everyday life worked toward that ultimate goal. When I had the chance, I would read industry articles to make myself more familiar with the concepts of our practice. I would ask older engineers about the test when I got the chance. Every time a new opportunity to learn a new skill arose at work, I would take it.

The power of having goals is writing them out. That way, you will be able to look back on them and be reminded what you're working towards. The power of short term goals is that they should work seamlessly into our long term goals. If any one goal seems too difficult to achieve, it only needs to be broken down into small enough pieces that are digestable into smaller time frames.

If you want to run a marathon, you need to work your way up to the distance--you can't just go out and do a 15-mile run and expect that you're prepared! Goals are a marathon, be sure to plan out your training appropriately!

Best of luck to you!

Updated Translate

Jorluis’s Answer

Hello Michael,

I asked myself that some many times that I cannot remember, I managed to accomplish any of my short term goals by giving them priorities, in my case I work in the technology industry and it is important to constantly certificate ourselves, I managed to get 8 certification in 8 month, something I hate is wasting my time, while others were investing their time on non productive activities I studied, practiced and learned, focused in what I wanted.

I suggest you to have several short term goals and 1 long term goal at the end of those shorts, congratulate yourself, there is nothing better than giving yourself some kudos and recompense yourself for your hard work, you'll see the results later.

Updated Translate

Eizo’s Answer

まずは人生の目標、やりたいことを見つけましょう。 その為には色々な情報が必要なの、で十人以上の大人と話、その人のキャリアの話を聞きましょう。
それを元にまず自分が30歳の時にどうなって居たいのか想像しましょう、どんな仕事につきたいか、何をしたいか。 その為に何をすべきかを考え、具体的にわからなければ周りの尊敬できる大人に聞く、進んでる友人に聞く、 関連の本を読むなど、確認しましょう。 想像して、1年2年の間に何をすべきかを決めましょう。  

Hello Eizo! Thanks so much for your answer, I would love to translate it for members of the community not fluent in Japanese. I used Google translate, which is far from perfect, apologies if it is not what you meant. I would love your edits if there are any inaccuracies: Let's start with the goals of life, what you want to do. For that, you need various information, talk with over ten adults and listen to their career path. Let's imagine what I would like to be like when I am 30 years old based on that, what kind of work do you want to get and what do you want to do? For that, think about what to do, if you do not know specifically, listen to respectable adults around, ask advancing friends, read related books, etc. Imagine, let's decide what to do in one year and two years. Christian Varsava

Updated Translate

Andrei’s Answer

Kelly's answer was right on point. You always need a plan, otherwise you have no way of gaging your progress toward a goal. Other than long term goals, you will have plenty short term goals, some of which you are probably not even thinking about. For example, math test on Friday, history quiz tomorrow, take out garbage on Wednesday, wash Dad's car Saturday, etc, etc. There are chores and tasks that need to be completed that may not necessarily be part of your long term goal, but are still important.
I am a very visual person, so lists have always helped me keep track of tasks and goals. Weather you make notes on a calendar, plaster Post-it Notes on your desk or make lists, they will help you remember and prioritize what's due. Putting things down on paper have always helped me visualize my progress, and its great when you get to the end of the day, and everything is checked off.
Planning and organizing is very critical with anything you choose to do in life. Start small, and work large. Good luck.

Updated Translate

Vikshith’s Answer

First consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Set SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible. Then plan the steps you must take to realize your goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.