It’s that time of year to look back on where you’ve been and look forward to where you want to go. The best way to look ahead is create clear and actionable goals.

We discuss how to identify and set goals and help you put steps in place to make sure 2016 is a smashing success!

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Today we discuss how to identify and set goals.

Why does the New Year trigger new resolutions?
A chance to reflect and start fresh.

A successful career in Architecture doesn’t happen by luck or by chance. It requires a clear vision of what you want, setting tangible goals, and then assigning tasks to work toward those goals.

PASSING THE ARE (from Aubrey’s article Make a New Year’s Resolution…To Become Licensed!)

– Make a visual aid
– Get family & friends involved
– Stay positive

All 3 of these tips are about committing to something and holding your feet to the fire.

168 Hours
There are 168 hours in a week. Assuming you sleep 7 hours a night (and you should), that leaves around 119 hours.

If you’re working a full time job at a firm, there goes another 40-50 hours (not counting lunch or commute times) bringing you down to 69 hours. Adding in time for bathing, grooming, eating and other necessities, you’re down to (maybe) 55 hours a week.

That free 55 hours seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Yet why do you feel so strapped for time? It’s because you lack focus and clear goals. It’s because you don’t make a plan for your time and get distracted.

Distractions are everywhere

Keep a daily log of how you spent your week

Unintentional Goals
Whether you realize it or not, every minute you spend doing something is part of some larger goal.

highlight past podcasts on:
large firm vs small firm
getting promoted
feeling more valuable in your firm
attending a big conference (like Greenbuild or AIA)

Intentional Goals
If you took time off of work to attend a green building conference

You’ll want to set 3-5 big goals for the coming year, and other longer term goals for the future.

Goals are not Wishes
In order to be effective and useful, your goals have to be:
have a deadline and the reason why

sample goals:
get licensed (why?)
find a new job (why?)
learn Revit (why?)

Assigning Tasks
For every goal, you should list all of the steps and tasks required to achieve that goal.

Breaking it down into these simple steps provides you with a clear roadmap to succeed.

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