As You Look Back to January, Did You Reach Your 2018 Goals?

December 17th, 2018

In just a few weeks, it will be a new year. If one of your goals for 2019 is to explore new accounting jobs in Seattle, it’s not to early to start preparing.

The end of the year is a great time for reflection. A big part of this includes reviewing your 2018 goals, to measure the progress you’ve made. Hopefully, you’ve achieved a lot, but if you didn’t get as far as you hoped, don’t become discouraged. Instead, use this to increase your focus in the new year.

Four Tips to Create Your 2019 Goals

Evaluate Your 2018 Objectives

The goals you set at this time last year can teach you a lot. If you surpassed your expectations, you’re likely in the right place. Consider broadening your horizons even further by setting more challenging objectives for 2019, because you can clearly handle it.

On the other hand, if you didn’t meet your goals, get to the root cause. You might benefit from the guidance of a mentor or perhaps you’re burning out and need a career change. Understanding what went wrong will help you move forward.

Decide Where You’re Headed

Before you can set goals for 2019, you have to figure out what you want. If you’re already on the right track, that’s great, but if you’re not, don’t be afraid to change course. This isn’t a process that should be rushed, so take the time to really think about where you want to be next year at this time.

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals

If you didn’t achieve your 2018 goals, there’s a good chance they weren’t S.M.A.R.T. — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Vague goals leave too much room for interpretation, which can easily lead to a lack of accountability. Get ahead in 2019 by structuring your goals for success.

Schedule Periodic Reviews

If you set goals at the beginning of the year and don’t look at them for another 12 months, you’re probably not going to achieve success. Put dates on the calendar now — monthly or quarterly — to review your objectives and monitor your progress. This will give you the chance to make any necessary changes to your goals or approach, so you can end the year on a high note.

A new year is a perfect time for a fresh start. Provisional Accounting is here to help you reach your 2019 goals. Contact us today to find a temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire opening with a top Seattle area employer!