The arrival of a new year provides an opportunity for a fresh start. If you have set a few goals, you are in good company! It is estimated that roughly half the population in any given country make New Year’s Resolutions.
Setting goals is a great way for Activity Coordinators to find direction within the workplace and improve communication with clients, staff and management. Setting one work-related goal for the year ahead is a worthwhile practice that can bring wonderful rewards.
As well as emphasizing your resolve to provide the best of care to your clients, goal setting in the workplace keeps you focused and motivated to:
Reflect upon and evaluate your current level of satisfaction at work. Think about what you would like to change, improve, broaden, introduce, or maintain.
Use the S.M.A.R.T. rule for goal setting:
Write (don’t type) one or two goals down in your diary. Make your goal statement positive; e.g. instead of writing ‘I will reduce volunteer turnover’, you could write ‘I will support and hold on to all volunteers’. Think of goals that will enhance the overall quality of the care you provide or alternatively, your personal development or other work-related area.
Briefly describe to yourself why this goal is important to you.
For instance, if your goal is:
‘I will introduce new learning experiences for my clients’,your reasons could be, among others:
Many people forget this step, focusing only on the outcome. The plan of action is a list of steps that contains separated tasks and dates to meet your goal. An example is provided below.
Plan of Action: New Learning Courses Starting in April
Remember that the plan of action needs to be visible; as its progress is ongoing.
Place it in a prominent place and review it weekly; tick the tasks done or change the tasks if needed.
When you achieve a goal, give yourself a pat on the back and find a way to celebrate your achievement beyond the work satisfaction it has given you. You deserve it!
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