How to Set Intentional & Achievable Career Resolutions

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The countdown is officially on until 2018 is here and lately I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on this past year. There have been so many amazing things that have happened in 2017 and I am so excited to see what 2018 will bring! One thing that has become a priority for me is setting new goals for myself and my career each year. I like to think of these new goals before it is officially the new year. I have also started reflecting on the process I follow to figure out what I want my new career resolutions to be. While I’m determining my career resolutions, I thought I would share the process I follow with all of you #bossbabes to hopefully inspire you to set career resolutions for yourself in the new year 🙂

Keep reading to find out more about the process I follow and give you ideas for setting your career resolutions in 2018.

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#1 Reflection on the previous year

Before I start creating my goals for the new year, I think it’s important to take some time and reflect on how I did on my goals from the previous year. By reflecting on the past year, I’m able to determine what worked well and what didn’t. When you are working on setting your career resolutions/goals for the new year, take some time to reflect on how you did in the previous year. Maybe there was a goal that you wanted to achieve but it just didn’t happen, try to find the core reasons why you didn’t achieve them. Was it a lack of motivation? Were you scared to take the leap? Figure out the core reason and then try to come up with a plan for addressing those reasons.

And this leads me to the second part of the process…

#2 Be honest with yourself & listen to feedback

I feel like sometimes we try to avoid dealing with those reasons why we didn’t meet all of our goals and resolutions. Let’s all make a pact to be more honest with ourselves this upcoming year and make sure that we can set achievable goals for ourselves in 2018! This year, I am doing this exercise and asking myself some very honest questions! When you’re reflecting on your goals from this past year, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • What did I achieve?

  • What did I NOT achieve?

  • What could I have done better to achieve those goals I didn’t reach?

Another way we can improve our careers this year and set intentional career resolutions is to take feedback that you’ve gotten from others (maybe from your boss, co-workers or friends/family) and turn it into a resolution for yourself in the new year. The feedback that we get from others can be so insightful and really help us develop both in our careers and personally. So, think about some of the constructive feedback you’ve gotten this past year and incorporate it into your new year resolutions.

#3 Think about what you want in the new year

There are some things that I really want to achieve in 2018, both for my side hustle and in my career. Is there something specific you are trying to achieve in the new year? Make note of it and incorporate it into your yearly goals. It’s really important to think about what we want in the next few years and to break it down into yearly goals to really help you actually achieve your dreams! After all, dreams don’t just happen overnight – they take lots of hard work and dedication.

Maybe you want to take your side hustle and turn it into your full-time job within 2-3 years, so in the new year create an income goal for yourself with your side hustle so that you can help get to that long-term goal of making it your full-time gig!

#4 Write down your goals

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you probably know how much I love writing pretty much everything down! Honestly, if it’s not written down then I probably won’t even remember it. Don’t let those goals just live up in your brain, that makes it easier to forget them! Instead write them down in a notebook, your planner and even incorporate them into a vision board or something that you see everyday as a reminder!

Need a planner for your blog/side biz? The Content Planner is my absolute favorite planner and I am so excited to be using it in 2018 to plan out content, biz goals and more! 

#5 Then write down an actionable plan for achieving those goals

After all, if you set goals for yourself without coming up with a plan for how you’ll achieve it, those goals are really just dreams and probably won’t come true. For me, I like to give myself some monthly goals that will ultimately help me achieve my yearly goals. For example, one of my goals in the new year is to reach 1,000 sales on my Etsy store. So each month, I’m setting a sales goal for myself that will help me reach 1,000 sales by the end of 2018. 

Related Reading: Monthly Goal Planning Ideas

What are some of your goals for 2018, both personal and career? Share them in the comments below! 


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  1. Great post Kristen! I am so happy that it’s goal-setting season. I am feeling so inspired now that Christmas is over. I love your point on listening to feedback from OTHER people. It’s always nice to get a different perspective and what you’ve been doing (or haven’t been doing) and I really thrive when people give me that extra kick in the butt!

  2. Gah, I’ve been horrible at setting goals and completing them 🙁
    This year I wanted to finish my fantasy fiction book, and with a week left I don’t think I’ll make it. But life gets in the way sometimes, and then there are days I’m not motivated. I have to remind myself that I’m moving forward and that still counts.
    I hope 2018 is a better year for me, goal-wise. I’d like to have a published book.
    Thanks for the tips!

    Madelain |

  3. This is a great post! I completely agree that goal setting should be a strategic process. I’m so excited for the new year as it will be the start of so many new things that I want to do and more importantly, adopt new ways of doing things in order to achieve my goals.


  4. I think the first step of reflection & re-evaluation is so critical! Especially to us young professionals who are in the first five years of a career. I know so many people that decide they are already “stuck” in their career path even though they are not even 25!

  5. Yes – I make my major goals for the beginning of the year. My problem? Reviewing often – so I don’t get side-tracked. Thanks for your valuable post and insight – liked very much!

  6. I love this girl. My problem is usually setting the goals up but not setting small ones around them to be able to achieve them, so there are few that I’m not always able to achieve, which is why this year I’m trying something new and planning more small ones around the big ones to help me achieve them.

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