Join LinkedIn Learning Staff Instructor for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting goals, part of Job Skills: Learning the Basics.
- [Narrator] Why is it important to set goals? Well, because nothing gets done unless you identify what it is you need to do. And basically, that's what goal-setting is. First, decide what you need to do, then write it down. For example, I need to finish writing this report by Friday. Second, break down your goals into smaller steps. To write that report, break out your calendar and assign a time. Then think of the first step and write that down as specifically as you can. At 2:00 p.m. tomorrow I will, one, research my topic for one hour, two, write down my conclusions for 15 minutes, and three, write a summary directed at my audience.
Third, tell someone what you're doing and set a deliverable deadline. This keeps you accountable. Hi, boss, I'm working on my report and I will get it to you by Friday. Then, rinse and repeat. But, seriously, keep moving ahead planning your next steps. And finally, when you reach your goal, make sure you celebrate and reinforce what you've accomplished.