By Lisa Osiako
When the year began, many of you may have set up your goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even quarterly basis. As you penned down every goal you were determined to meet this year, you were excited at the prospect of advancing in every aspect of your personal and professional life.
Then the pandemic happened and you were left uncertain as to just how many of your goals you could achieve.
Truth is, this is the situation many of us have been going through as we grapple with adjusting to what the ‘new normal’ looks like. The goals we wrote may just be a list we made on a piece of paper.
The good news, however, is that all hope is not lost. You can still achieve your goals for not only the remainder of 2020 but for this new decade.
Here are some best practices to help you achieve some of your goals:
1. Revisit and establish your goals
When setting your annual goals or New Year’s resolutions, the impact of a global pandemic and economic meltdown was not a consideration. Yet, here we are. COVID-19 has forced the world to slow down.
Now is the perfect opportunity to use some of the time you have to reflect on your priorities and adjust your long- and short-term goals.
Also, you could spend some time going through your CV or getting a free CV review from our professional CV writers! With a clean and fresh perspective, you will be able to think more clearly and outside the box as you revisit your priorities and career goals.
2. Be patient and disciplined
It is true that Rome was not built in a day and neither is your career! Working towards achieving a goal will require you to remain disciplined and patient.
If, for example, you were looking to change jobs this year, continue applying for job opportunities you may come across, but keep in mind that it may take a little longer than you hoped it would.
3. Seek career advice
You are not a lone ranger. While we as humans are born alone, we are not solitary beings capable of surviving on our own understanding.
As you were setting up your career goals, did you seek the help of a mentor or take up career coaching?
A career coach will help you know what action to take during this time, as you adjust to the new normal and hope to tackle your career goals.
4. Have an accountability partner
To truly be successful, you must hold yourself accountable for completing these tasks. Holding yourself accountable while working at home may not be as easy as it sounds, given family, and work obligations. Priorities can easily get lost in the chaos when retreating behind a computer screen. A best practice to assist with these concerns is to share your new goals and action items with others. Verbalizing your goals to another person further pushes you to keep your commitment. In the process, you may inspire others to set or renew their goals.
You can even identify an accountability partner to help keep you on track. As long as your selected accountability partner will listen to your goals and ask about your progress, it will work.
5. Keep Going, One Day at a Time
Accomplishing big goals is a marathon, not a sprint. If you do not achieve some of your smaller tasks or expectations, do not be discouraged. Circumstances beyond your control will occur, including the Corona pandemic, and you may occasionally get derailed from your goals. However, carefully and thoughtfully crafting your priorities, goals, attainable tasks, and action items, as well as selecting accountability partners now, will position you for success despite setbacks.
Maintain a well-rounded schedule by practicing habits that will energize and sustain you. Sharpen your saw by taking up online short courses and stay informed about your industry.
Also, take time to consider and strengthen your physical and mental health, and keep connected with others, including your accountability partner. Staying healthy and balanced will prove invaluable in having the stamina and drive to push to achieve your goals.
Before you know it, 2020 will come to an end and you will be celebrating your accomplishments. You will be grateful for investing your time earlier in the year to think through, research, and organize your goals. Challenges can bring out the best in us, so let us turn our current circumstances into a strategic opportunity to position ourselves for success.
Most of all, don’t give up!
The author is a staffer at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading HR consultancy firm based in Westlands-Nairobi.