Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses on your acquisition of knowledge and helps you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your life. Early in the year, many of us get serious about scoping out ways we want to better ourselves throughout the year, personally and professionally, but the statistics don’t make for particularly motivational reading. Recent studies have shown that of the people that set goals, only 30% of people actually stick to them.
What’s the difference between setting personal and professional goals?
Generally, professional goals are more focused on specific areas of career development that are aimed at reaching milestones on the path towards a holistic improvement in career trajectory.
Personal goals are often more geared towards improving health, happiness, relationships, and personal passions. That said, there is obviously a good amount of overlap between the two. Improving one’s physical and mental health, for example, could massively impact the likelihood of achieving professional goals. As such, though they can be very different, personal and professional goals can often be inextricably linked.
Should I have the same approach for my personal and professional goals?
The answer is, whatever works best for you. Some people prefer to implement a rigid structure that might be more associated with professional goals (like SMART goals) to keep them on track with personal goals. In comparison, others benefit from keeping the approach to personal goals completely different so as not to ‘bring work home’ in a sense.
When it comes to setting both personal and professional goals, see what works best at motivating you and tracking your progress in both settings. Whether you take a similar approach to your personal and professional goals, there are several tried and tested methods that can help you improve your goals and help you to be more successful at achieving them. Here are our top five: