Setting goals is imperative to professional success. If you don’t have a plan, how do you know where you are going and how you will get there? This is true of career goals as well as daily, task oriented goals. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, planning and goal setting is the key to achieving your goals efficiently. Every financial modeling professional should set at least the following goals.
Daily goals – It is a good idea to take a few minutes as you begin each day and prioritize your daily tasks. Set goals that you want to accomplish and need to accomplish that day. Having a plan laid out can help you get through your day efficiently and know what you are going to work on next so you are not wasting valuable time deciding what you need to do or losing time by forgetting something important like a meeting or deadline.
Project goals – We all have projects that we are working on. Long terms project goals are good to set. Having a benchmark to work toward completing a project can help you see that you are progressing and help you determine if you need more time in order to meet a deadline, or whether you will be ahead of the original deadline. As a financial modeling professional, you will want to know the plan for completing a project so you will know how to brief progress to your superiors as well as what can be delegated and when.
Career goals – This type of goal is important to every financial modeling professional. Having a clear understanding of what you career goals are can help you make decisions about projects, additional responsibilities, and job offers. Writing down your career goals can help you not get bogged down with the mundane but keep your career plans in check and in the forefront.
As a financial modeling professional, setting goals is imperative to the success of your day, project, and career. You may find having a place to write your goals, centralized where you can refer to it whenever you need, is a good way to keep your priorities straight and keep you operating efficiently and effectively throughout your day, year, and career.